Be Still and Listen


“Silence is God’s first language.” – St. John of the Cross

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE)


Mark 1:35-38

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.”


Notice how Jesus goes off to “a deserted place” and prays.

He gets away from any distractions to commune with God in solitude.

There he can immerse himself in the silent Presence of God.

Notice how Simon and the others find Jesus and try to get him to return to the people who have already experienced the power of his preaching and healing.

Does Jesus simply go along with what others want him to do? No! He doesn’t.

Jesus knows his mission is to move on to preach and heal elsewhere.

How does he know? Apparently through his heart-to-heart time in silent prayer with God.

How often do we do this?

Do we follow the quiet voice in our hearts or do we blindly follow the loud voices of pop culture and what others want us to do?

For us to know our calling and mission…we must take time for silence to open up a heart-to-heart communication with our Loving Maker.


Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” by clicking HERE.

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Remember…God loves you!


About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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