Be still

and feel the song

that God sings in your heart,

a song of praise to our God.

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When Jesus and his followers approached Jerusalem, they came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave two disciples a task, saying to them, “Go into the village over there. As soon as you enter it, you will find tied up there a colt that no one has ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘Its master needs it, and he will send it back right away.’”

Mark 11:1-3

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To the two disciples, this might have seemed like a strange request. But they heard a flesh-and-blood Jesus with their own ears, so it was clear to them who was speaking.

We, who can hear Jesus with our hearts but not usually with our ears, face another layer of questions: Is the voice I hear — or the nudging I feel — really from God? And if so, am I going to do what God asks?

I was at a teen camp a few summers ago by a lake. One of the girls was transferring to a new school because she wanted a new beginning — fewer drugs, fewer stereotypes. But her only clothes fit the stereotype of her old life. I thought that God wanted us to help her buy new clothes, but I was uncertain. Was what I felt in my heart really from God? So I said to God, “I can’t figure this out. If you want me to help her, then make it clear by having me bump into her.” And God did.

Jane Hartwell

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God, give me the trust to ask two questions: Is the nudging I feel really from you? Am I willing to do what you want? Amen.

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Go out and sing the song that God has put in your heart.

Jane Hartwell

Jane Hartwell loves God and teenagers. Right now she has the best job she’s ever had: being the Canon Missioner for Christian Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband Davis and enjoys walking the beach, seeing her adult sons, mentoring others, and leading retreats.

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