I met with our parish Women's Bible Group last everning and we had a wonderful sharing together. We talked about the peace that comes from taking the time to really be with God in quiet and stillness. One woman described herself as needing to "carve out for herself" the time and space to be able to do this. Afterall, we live in a fast-paced world, with many demands and responsibilities vieing for our attention. It is true, that if I do not make a definite effort to be with the Lord, it will not happen. It is so automatic for me to keep other doctor, dentist or work-related appointments, but somehow it is very easy to drop the ball when it comes to being faithful in my times for being with the Lord.
The key is LOVE. If my relationship with God can be summarized as a reciprocal love between God-who-loves-first and Me-who-loves-sometimes, than I think I can grow in my fidelity to the times I choose to be with God in prayer. I choose quiet and suspend all the activities that may distract me from this time together. I choose to wait for the Lord.
May today be a day when we renew our efforts to "carve out some time" to be with God in quiet which always leads to peace. This is my prayer for you.