The Quiet Hour
Aleta Runkle (May 27, 1962)
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong-not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. -2 Corinthians 13:5-9
Although our lives seem to move at a whirling pace, we should somehow arrange time for daily meditation. This gives us opportunity to examine our lives to see what improvements are needed. Such reflective thought is an essential part of our spiritual growth.
In a cabinet shop the owner worked industriously on a table leg that he was turning on his wood lathe. As it revolved, a friend, watching the process, spoke admiringly of its beauty. The craftsman just smiled, then turned off the motor. As he brought the piece to his friend he suggested that he look at it carefully now when it was not rotating. Immediately the rough spots and imperfections in the table leg showed clearly when it was not in rapid motion. Places yet to be smoothed out were apparent.
Sometimes we need to “turn off the motor” and take a good look at ourselves. It is only when we interrupt our endless schedule of activities that we can see the true design of our lives. Then we have time to examine closely the imperfect areas that need to be “smoothed out.” When we are quiet we have an opportunity for the light of Christ to illuminate our being so that we can see clearly. Our spiritual progress will be much more rapid if we take time for daily meditation.
This month we are celebrating 70 years of Daily Bread. Each day we will be sharing Daily Bread stories from throughout the decades. You will notice that these stories reflect the language and theology of the time they were written. Our hope is that this act of sacred remembering will bless us with awareness of God’s movement throughout time and a renewed sense of God’s presence with us now! Consider joining this rich tradition of sacred story sharing by submitting your story here: https://www.CofChrist.org/daily-bread-writers-guide
The Spirit is revealed in our sacred stories.
Sharing sacred story is a meaningful way to express and remember God’s activity among us. How have you been transformed by the words and stories of others? What stories do you feel called to share from your own sacred history?
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