In the stillness of the night

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This week of doing is almost done. The house is silent; three generations of visiting family burrowed into nighttime’s rest. Saturday inches forward, welcoming me into the weekend.

I love the quietness of a sleeping household. Memories of the day’s efforts drift away in the dark like wisps of smoke.  Mornings are for beginnings, for breathing deeply and starting fresh, but this time between evening and night is the exhaling time, a winding down until there is only stillness.

“Be still and know that I am God.” The words slip into my consciousness… a reminder that these moments bring me into His presence.

(A reminder, too, of yellow tulips and a message on a friend’s blog. A reminder of the words surrounding yellow tulips on my own blog just one month ago.)

April has arrived. Coming into His presence this month will bring me face-to-face with the stark reality of Good Friday and Easter.  It won’t be pleasant. It won’t be peaceful.

But right now, in this quietness, I will be still and consider what it means to truly know God.

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Psalm 46:10a

Night Sky photo by: dda604

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16 thoughts on “In the stillness of the night

  1. Judith Robl says:

    I love the bated breath hush of these moments. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Jennie Dugan says:

    That was beautiful. I can’t add anything. That was just such a beautiful, peaceful thing to wake up to.
    Blesssings.

  3. karen evans says:

    “The quietness of a sleeping household,” is one of my favorite times to exhale and thank the Lord, too. But I never thought of it in those terms. Thanks for those beautiful words.

  4. Beautiful post, Carol. I am bathing the beauty of your words. The photo is perfect. Thank you for sharing your time of exhaling in the presence of our Lord. Blessings to you…

  5. Tricia says:

    The first blog post I read today. Glad it was.

    P.S. I always thought it should be called Bad Friday and Easter Sunday should be called Good Sunday. But my attempts to re-write the Bible have been denied. :-)

    • ‘Good’ Friday does seem like an odd name, doesn’t it? However, when I consider the implications of what Christ accomplished on that day, the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for me, I think the outcome was pretty good. :)

  6. I sure need to be reminded of this now—Be still and know that I am God. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed with all I need to do as my debut is only a month away. So much to do to arrange publicity on people’s blogs, and writing up the dig deeper section for the back of the book. Feeling a bit . . . oh I don’t know . . . can’t think of anything other than overwhelmed. But God is good, I leave it in His hands to do with it as He desires.

    • It’s during those times of being overwhelmed that we have to deliberately stop and let His peace seep in. Those moments when we think we don’t have time to stop is when we most need to.

  7. joylene says:

    What a beautiful post. I received an email today from a friend saying that one of the most important things in life is to hang out with people that lift you up. God gave us you, Carol. What a blessing.

  8. Shari Green says:

    Stunning photo! I love that quiet time, too, when the rest of the household is asleep. Such a good time for listening….

  9. Thanks so much for all your comments. I always appreciate your feedback.

    Maybe it’s a security thing, but there’s a sense of ‘all is well’ when everyone is tucked in and settled for the night. Then it’s easy to shift my focus from the issues at hand and let the peace of God’s word permeate mind and spirit.

  10. Quietness… Stillness… and knowing. What a beautiful blessing from the Lord. Thank you for the reminder!

  11. Laura Best says:

    Beautiful post! And I love the photo.

  12. Thanks, Donna and Laura. I love those moments.

  13. So beautiful, Carol. Surprised to click on the link and end up on my own blog. :)

    I’m so glad I’ve “met” you.

  14. Anon says:

    The moon is so beautiful!

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