wellspring reflection theme
We reflected on “hospitality” as our theme in 2019. Our theme for reflection in 2020 is the virtue of “stillness.” This year, we want to strive to “be still.” We want to let “being still” become our way of being, of living and of acting.
All our meditations at Wellspring begin with “Be still and know that I am God.” Signs that say “be still” are in and around Wellspring. It is now time for us to dwell on what it means to “be still.” Being still is about silence and solitude, serenity and peace, gentleness and gracefulness…and everything that creates a spirit of prayer and contemplation in the midst of our busy days and nights. Being still is about creating a “desert”, a place of “solitude” within. It is about being attentive, vigilant and present and much more.
Psalm 131 speaks of the “stilled and quieted” soul that finds confidence: "Hope in the Lord both now and forevermore." Peaceful communion with God can happen without words as the words of the psalm tell us, "I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother." (Psalm 131:2) Like the satisfied child who has stopped crying and is in its mother’s arms, so can "my soul be with me" in the presence of God. Prayer then needs no words, maybe not even thoughts.
Sometimes we are apparently silent, and yet we have great discussions within, struggling with imaginary friends, coworkers, partners or with ourselves. Calming our souls requires a kind of simplicity: “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.” (Psalm 131:1)
Silence means recognizing that my worries can’t do much. Silence means leaving to God what is beyond my reach and capacity. "Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:11)
Being still does not mean we don’t act, move or do anything. It means we do everything gently, quietly and in peace. Even when things don’t turn out the way we planned, being still enables us to take time to plan a way to turn things around. Most people are driven by what is urgent at the moment and not by what is important. Being still helps us discern what is urgent and important.
Being still enables us to know the challenges and face them without fear and anxiety. Being still enables us to be more of what we can be, what we are made to be, what God calls us to be. St. Francis de Sales tells us, “Be what you are and be at its best.” St. Paul reminds us that we are called to be “sons of God.” (Galatians 4:4-7) Being still enables us to remember who we are and bet that well.
Fr. Gus Tharappel
WELLSPRING PRAYER FOR 2020
This is my prayer for you:
that you may rise each day of 2020 with gratitude for all that has been and with desire and determination to do your best, give your best and be your best wherever you may be and whatever you may be doing
that you may learn to be still and listen to the voice of God.
that you may take minute vacations throughout the day and experience moments of silence, solitude and stillness to listen to the voice of God from deep within you.
that silence, solitude and stillness become part of who you are, an integral part of your living and acting.
that you may learn to walk gently and treat yourself and others gently no matter what life may bring as you continue your journey.
Pray with me now …
Ever-loving and Gracious God, teach me the value of silence, solitude and stillness. Everything in my life and the world around me moves constantly and quickly and I am expected to complete my daily chores and still do one more thing. Even when I try to have quiet moments, my mind races and I am unable to be still. Bless me with a deep desire and the ability to be still and to contemplate the mystery that you are, the mystery that I am and the mystery of the universe around me and find peace. Amen
Fr. Gus Tharappel