Silence

Silence can be loud.

My wife and kids are driving back to the Midwest. I will join them on Thanksgiving Day after a nice little red eye flight. In the meantime, I’m in this quietly loud house by myself. It is so loud that my ears are ringing from the silence. My wife suggested that I turn the T.V. on for some background noise, but I’m not going to do that. This loud silence is calming. Strange, but it is.

You see, silence is a premium in our world. There’s always some noise. Here…it is so quiet that the typing sounds of my keyboard is almost too loud. And now my house is creaking. I don’t think I have ever heard those noises before. And now, standing here in my kitchen…

(yes, I am standing in my kitchen typing this because, well, I can)

…I can hear my neighbor working in his garage. I don’t think I have ever heard him before like this. Wow, that fish tank is loud. Hmm, my refrigerator sounds like that? Amazing what silence can do; what it can reveal.

Can you see…ummm…I mean, hear where I am going with this?

In this deafening silence I am hearing how much I am missing. No, not my neighbor working in his garage or that loud fish tank, but God. My kids go to bed and I turn on my T.V. or peruse social media. I have to have noise of some sort. Rarely do I just sit in silence because it almost feels like wasting time. I have to accomplish something, especially with the kids sleeping (or gone), right?

I miss so much…

[Silence]

I’m back. I was enjoying the silence again.

I need to find more times like this.
I need to soak in silence.
I need to listen to the still, small voice of God…more often.
I need to focus.
I need silence.

Silence is not scary.
Silence is not a waste of time.
Silence is not non-productive time.

Silence is a gift. Embrace it. Cling to it. Listen…

[Silence]

 

The Pastor -|—

 

Tonight…Remember

Tonight you may get a warm bed,
but someone gets the cold, hard ground.
Tonight you may be recovering from a big, hearty meal,
but someone’s stomach is crying out for any morsel to eat.
Tonight you may get to kiss a loved one good night,
but someone feels unloved and forgotten.
Tonight you may feel safe and secure in your own home,
but someone is scared and alone and longing for shelter.
Tonight you may have a “happily ever after”,
but someone has a story no one knows.
Tonight you may have…
but someone does not.

So tonight…

Remember and pray for the Sofias and the Gordons of the world.
Pray and listen to the still, small voice of God.
Listen and obey that voice.
Obey and glorify God.

Tonight…

Remember

The Pastor -|—

The River

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
Psalms 46:4 ESV

Oh child of God, as this day draws to a close, drink in the Word of God and soak in the River of Life. Bask in the knowledge that this River is overflowing with grace. No sin is too big. No darkness is too dark. The River flows and nourishes, if only you would drink from its refreshing waters. Come with your sins and be washed clean with God’s mercy through Jesus Christ.

Oh child of God, close not your eyes this night without gazing at God’s beauty and hearing His voice calling to you. Rest not you head upon your pillow without finding your rest in Him.

Oh child of God, come and drink. Come and be healed. Come and be washed. Oh child of God, the River flows. Come…

The Pastor -|—

Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
Psalms 46:10 ESV

Have you obeyed this command?

Have you “stilled” yourself and reflected on the fact that God is God?

Do you believe that God WILL be exalted? No, I mean truly believe it?

Oh Christian, God WILL be exalted. It matters not what is going on in your life. It matters not how Satan ravaging you. It matters not what the world does or says. God WILL be exalted. God sits on His throne. Every one of His enemies will be made a footstool for Him. God rules.

So…

Be still, oh Christian, and remember.

Be still, oh Christian, and believe.

Be still, oh Christian, and know.

This exalted God is your God through Christ Jesus our Lord. Obey and relax and Be still…

The Pastor -|—

God’s Got This

As you rest in darkness,
may you know the light of Christ around you.
As you sleep in vulnerability,
may you know the shelter that is the Lord.
As you drift of to dream land,
may you know the reality of your salvation through Jesus.
As your body rejuvenates,
may your soul be guarded and sustained.
As you live in a world that must be on guard during the darkness,
may you rest secured that a Kingdom is coming where the gates are never shut.
Oh child of God,
the Lord is your refuge;
His Kingdom is everlasting;
and His holy angels have charge over you.
Take comfort and be at peace…

…God’s got this.

The Pastor -|—

Tonight

Tonight…
May your fleeting thoughts
be that of your Savior.
May your final image
be that of the cross.
May your pleasant dreams
be that of your eternal home.
May your constant yearning
be that of Jesus’ righteousness.
Tonight…
May you rest in peaceful slumber
and awake in joyful thankfulness;
knowing who you are
and
whose you are.
May God your Father,
Jesus your Lord Savior,
and the Holy Spirit
hold and keep you,
Tonight…and always.

The Pastor -|—

 

Dwell

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord , make me dwell in safety.
[Psalm 4:8 ESV]

Meditate on this verse tonight as you prepare to retire for the evening, and if you are not lying down in peace, then why? What is it that is preventing you from seeing and knowing the Lord? What lie is Satan telling you?

Whatever it is…

…stop it.

Turn to Satan and say, “Go back to hell. I belong to Jesus.”

Now, lie down in peace and trust that God has your life.

Sweet dreams.

The Pastor -|—