Does God Need Friends? What For?

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It does not speak for any Meeting within The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers.) Therefore it can go beyond what we've agreed on between ourselves; we hope people can talk freely here about the world, our place in it, what good we might be for ourselves and others.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

An Invitation

There are scriptures that can virtually stand alone and “say it all.” Psalm 46:10 is one of those: Be still and know that I am God. . .

The invitation is to sit alone and quiet somewhere, to relinquish the mind’s incessant chatter and rest in God’s presence. In so doing, we allow God to be God--free of our small expectations and endless anxieties. This heightens clarity in the following ways: We come to know God more intimately because we’re less inclined to crowd out that still, small voice with our own varieties of noise. Increasingly, we enjoy paradoxes such as God’s Infinite Mystery paired with God’s Supreme Love. And we truly come to know that God, who is closer to us than we are to ourselves, will never abandon us. Over time, as we sink deeper into silence, we discern the underlying, eternal reality that all is well in God’s vast universe. In short, embracing stillness means embracing God and our truer selves. So, will you opt to savor more silence?

by Jane Milligan

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