I enter the sacred space of silence time and again to regain my spiritual bearings. Without silence, I lose intimacy and contact with God’s presence in the hectic pace of life. The silence beckons me back to the first day when I discovered the awareness of God’s love and forgiveness. When I see my true self, the more I realize the habits of my heart push God aside and those I love away from me. The silence helps me be honest with my fears and the need for self-preservation and control.
Like a peaceful sleep, the silence draws me into a state where I am safe, no longer fighting, with myself and God in a chaotic world of distraction and care. Open to God’s perfect light where there is no darkness, I see grace and love freeing me to fly again like a bird freed from its cage. I let my heart become vulnerable to the marvelous grace and mercy that heals my soul. (The Goal of Contemplative Prayer)
The heavenly Father knows the hundreds of failures and shortcomings weighing heavy on my heart. The Holy Spirit clarifies my questions and the assurance I will be all right without all the answers. I release my cares and worries into the arms of the everlasting God.
I rest in the expectancy and the knowledge of the coming and present Messiah. There is a mindful awareness of my complete dependence upon the Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the silence. I trust in God’s perfect love, and whatever I am facing, Christ restores my confidence, everything will be all right.
Let me seek the sacred space of silence continually.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5 NIV
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Mathew 6:6 NIV
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV