Slow Silent Serenity


Speed and noise seem to be essential elements of people’s lives today.

When people want something, they often want it now.
So we have instant versions of practically everything.
No waiting.
Instant gratification.
Yet it took billions of years to prepare the earth
before it became a hospitable place for humans to live and thrive in.
It takes years for a seed to grow and bear fruits.
It takes nine months for a mother to be blessed with the gift of a new life.

People today cannot stand silence.
In practically every home, there is often
at least one TV set or radio or a component system
playing continuously even if no one is really watching or listening.
It seems to me that people are afraid
that in the silence they will hear just their inner voice.

Prayer is about slowing down and being silent.
Prayer is putting aside for the moment
all the wants and desires that drive me daily.
Prayer is stilling all the noise outside to listen to the voice within me.

In prayer, I encounter who I truly am
and Him who is my Source.
In prayer, I come to know the person that I am,
the persons who are important and have touched my life,
the gifts that have been given me,
and the Gift-giver whose kindness, mercy and generosity knows no bounds.
That is why I pray.

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