Pause

Scripture provides us with many ways — or postures — for approaching God.

Like in yoga or ballet, we can practice these postures. Breathing, stretching, bowing, moving, reaching.

Open yourself up to embracing the many different postures that we find within Scripture.

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Listen

God of Zion, to you even silence is praise. Promises made to you are kept— you listen to prayer— and all living things come to you. When wrongdoings become too much for me, you forgive our sins. How happy is the one you choose to bring close, the one who lives in your courtyards! We are filled full by the goodness of your house, by the holiness of your temple.

Psalm 65:1-4

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Think

Silence. Quiet. No noise. Not even a whisper. Do you know what that sounds and feels like?

It is easy in our world today to become so overwhelmed that the only posture we can muster is one of silence. Sometimes there is so much violence, hatred, war, and fear that it feels impossible to come up with words.

And that’s ok. The posture of silence is one that the Psalmist tells us is even considered praise by God. We don’t have to have the right words all of the time. God loves us and hears us even in our silence.

Today, find a few minutes to practice silence.

Katie Gilbert

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Pray

God of the noise and chaos, thank you for hearing me even when I am silent. Help me to find ways to explore the quiet so that I might experience you in a different way. Amen.

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Go

Know that no matter what posture you come with today, you are loved.

Silent, proud, humble, exhausted, alone, fearful, in awe.

May you go out into the world practicing each of these postures and exploring the ways that they draw you ever closer to the God who created you and loves you.

Amen.

Katie Gilbert

Rev. Katie Gilbert currently serves as Director of Invitation and Outreach at First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Alabama. She enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, her 17 month old daughter, Harper, and their crazy Boston Terrier, Lennon. They love to travel the world, eat good food, and spend time with family.

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