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The prayer of stillness

From the April 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

My favorite way to watch a sunset is to be still, to stay in place and watch as the colors of the sky change and the glowing sun settles over the horizon. 

Lately I have been considering this idea of stillness, not so much as it relates to watching a sunset, but to prayer. I have become drawn to the Bible phrases, “Stand still” and “Be still.” For example: “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to-day” (Exodus 14:13); “Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God” (Job 37:14); “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

These passages not only instruct us to be still, but assure us that being still can help us more fully experience “salvation” and “wondrous works” and the saving, guiding, and healing power of God.