November 19, 2013 | 02:01 pm
Posted by Former WECC Minister Rev. Jes Kast

Be Still

I’ve recently taken up the practice of Centering Prayer. It is a contemplative form of prayer that practices being present with God. For 20 minutes each day I sit in silence and let all emotions, thoughts, and worries bubble up and release them to God. It’s powerful to sit in silence and meet God, especially in the midst of the “Manhattan Madness.”

Psalm 46 says:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The interesting thing about this Psalm is that the psalmist expresses two present dangers, the sea and the nations. The sea threatened the earth’s security and the nations were a threat to corporate life. In the midst of danger one is called to return to God and trust God’s intimate and daily presence in our everyday life. The call to “be still” is not a call to turning a blind eye but instead it is a call to return to our God, maker of heaven and earth, Lord over any danger that is pressing in on us.

Centering Prayer has been a way for me to practice this Psalm. I find grace and I find God in the power of silence and being still. It’s counterintuitive to me -- I like to do things; I’m action oriented. There is a time and place to do and act.   Let our actions be taken from a strong trust in God’s hand in this world, not out of anxious worry. Be still my friends, God is present!

(If you are interested in learning more about Center Prayer I suggest checking out Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, Center Prayer and Inner Awakening. I turn to it often!)