To Still The Soul

In the midst of a busy daily routine, peace seems to be a rarity. Is it possible to call to mind a recent moment of lasting peace that remains etched in memory? To seek peace is to find the gentle presence of God in the midst of the daily churn.

"He will not wrangle or cry aloud,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
He will not break a bruised reed
or quench a smouldering wick
(Matthew 12:19-20a)

Be Stilled

The constant churn of busy-ness
Disturbs deep reaches of the soul;
A hyper-active ignorance
Defies attempts at self-control.

The pools of the soul's repose:
Like waters whipped by random gust,
Never at peace when the eyes close --
Fully silted with earthen dust.

The peace of Christ, which ends the storm,
Can calm the mind and still the heart;
The soul, in silence, can transform --
Breaking the chains of churn apart!

With discipline, the soul is freed:
To find meaning in the moment,
To gently lift up the bruised reed,
With deep reaches stilled and content.

The soul, in silence, is restored;
Be stilled and know that He is Lord.

"My soul, be at rest in God alone," (Psalm 62.6)

Lord, calm my mind, still my heart, and quiet my soul. May the depths of my soul be cleared from all their debris so that Your peace may rest fully in me. Amen.

(c) Paul Buis, 2008