Zac Harmon-McLaughlin of Independence, MO, USA
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in. -Isaiah 58:11-12
Where are you right now? Perhaps some of you are still in bed. Maybe others are just finishing a long day. Others may be in a place they may rather not be. Wherever you are, I want you to pause right now. What does it smell like? What do you see? What do you hear? What do you notice?
Now, take a breath. Slow down. Breathe. Listen. Be still. Just for a second. Do you see God?
Lately I am trying harder and harder to simply be present and to be still. So far, every time I slow myself down to notice the present moment and be still in it and breathe it in, I am overcome by the power of the Divine.
The other night at the end of a very long, busy, and frustrating day, I was getting my daughter ready for bed. We were running around her room laughing and playing hard and then all of a sudden we both stopped. She came over to me, placed her head on my chest and began to breathe. It was so powerful and unprovoked! Instantly I was overcome with an awareness of the Holy Spirit.
It happened the other day while I was sitting at my desk sending out emails. A big gust of wind and blowing leaves grabbed my attention. The busy pace of my life slowed as I noticed the wind. Again, I was overcome with an awareness of the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t a difficult practice, long meditation, or even a conscious affirmation of God. It was simply a willingness to notice.
Moments like this keep happening. The more I slow down to really notice a given moment, the more I begin to be aware of belonging in the holy. So this is my invitation to you, my friend. Pause. Stop. Breathe. Listen. Repeat.
We are one in Christ.
Week Two: Unity in Diversity
World Conference is a living practice of unity in diversity and blessings of community. We enjoy seeing sisters and brothers from around the globe, but also acknowledge that cultural differences can be challenging for us when we discuss issues we care about deeply. How is the Spirit seeking to widen your capacity for receiving the wisdom, experience, and stories of people who think differently from you?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.