A Holy Week reflection: Listening in the stillness

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“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

Twenty years ago, I received a birthday present from an editor friend that I treasure up to this day. It was a small book titled “Women on the Journey: Devotions for Women,” which contains a magnificent compilation of rich experiences candidly shared by women, to women; stories about their real-life situations – struggles, trials, and triumphs – and life lessons that truly touch and instill.

Their stories are a form of blessings from which we can draw valuable insights to help us in our own journey.

This Holy Week, while having my quiet moment at home, I inadvertently open this tiny book and reflected on the topic “Listening in the Stillness.” It was a relief to calm myself down from shock after hearing the passing of a dear friend on a Good Friday.

Here is an excerpt from the book:

“Have you ever reached a point when you felt so tired you were ready to give up on life? Have you ever felt that you were a victim of a vicious cycle of despair and frustration? Are you going around in circles, not knowing where you are headed?

In Psalm 46:10, God invites us to stop for a while. God invites us to let go of our struggles and remain in His presence. He wants us to know Him and His love in the nakedness of our souls.

‘Our awareness of God is a syntax of the silence in which our souls mingle with the Divine, in which the ineffable in us commune with the ineffable beyond us.

It is the afterglow of years in which soul and sky are silent together, the outgrowth of accumulated certainty of the abundant, never-ending presence of the Divine.

All we have to do is to let the insight be and listen to the soul’s certainty of its being a parenthesis in the immense script of God’s eternal speech.’” (Heschel, A.J).

Do not let the noise of this world drown out the voice of God.”

Have a blessed and meaningful Holy Week!

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