Advent is just about over and tomorrow is Christmas Eve. Even for those of us who have managed to find time for prayer during these last few weeks of Advent, this last day or so before Christmas can turn into a frenzied rush of activity. Those last few gifts we need to buy. The presents that still need to be wrapped. The baking still to be done. For some, there will be travel today or tomorrow morning. For others, last minute work projects that simply must be done before the week is out.
Times like this, when it is hardest to do so, are the times we need to take a few moments to still our minds and our hearts. To let go of the activity, the noise, the frenzy and to simply rest in silence with God.
Give yourself the gift of silence today. Even if it is only for five minutes. (Surely, as busy as you are, there are five minutes you can give to yourself?) If you need an invitation to do so, here is one from God, written by an unknown author, that I received by e-mail yesterday. I hope you will accept it.
And God said…
Come to the silence, life is so loud – And your soul needs a break from the clock and the crowd.
Come to the silence, And let my love start, To heal all life’s hurts, And comfort your heart
Come to the silence, Be calm and be still, Just rest in my arms – for today, that’s my will…
Come to the silence, In search of my peace, Gently your doubts and your fears will all cease.
Come to the silence – Here, take my hand, Have you forgotten, that I understand?