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Day 40 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Psalm 119:26 NLT

‘I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your decrees.’

Much of my work today is in the field of ageing and spirituality. As the years roll on we become less concerned about projecting some superhero and want to make peace with who God actually created us to be. We have already some connectedness with this person, yet often the demands life throws at us has meant we’ve had to become someone we’re not too comfortable with.

A further complication is that as we age we may face increasing isolation. Friendships can fall away, often originally a product of shared interests now left behind. Taking kids to school, working in the same office and the like. Loneliness is a fear for many. So it’s essential that we find a deep and meaningful friendship with God, which the scripture promises and the spirit encourages us to pursue. Many of us wake up to the fact that Church has itself primarily been a task-orientated experience, and when we find we cannot get to church too easily or that we have neither energy nor inclination for the projects underway, we lose a further point of our connectedness.

In such circumstances it’s essential that we talk to God about where we find ourselves and how we feel. Initiating that conversation creates the opportunity for God to reply. The context for such conversation can be with a spiritual director, attending a day or even a week-long retreat. This indicates my commitment to place myself in a space where God can hear me and, more importantly, I can hear God. And God speaks in many ways, not simply with a discernible, audible voice. He speaks through the natural world, my physical experiences and my inner emotions.

Once I reach this point, then God will begin to reveal to me ‘his statutes’ (NKJV), or the way I might live whole and complete in this world.

QUESTION: Will you take time to talk to God about your behaviours and responses, both those you like and those you’re not comfortable with?

PRAYER: Lord, as I draw near to you, please draw near to me.

Written by: Matt Weet

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