And The Lord said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it.
~1 Kings 19:11-12
Breath Prayer: “still” “small voice”
Lent invites us into the wilderness. In this age of instant communication and gratification, it is a revolutionary act to seek out quiet, to collect nothing. If just for a time, for these forty days we are turning from the overwhelming excess to this vast, desert place. We are returning and listening for the Spirit’s teaching for our spirit’s reconnection.
Like Elijah, we are yearning to find God. And like this story we all have times when we have sought after God in the past. We know times when we just weren’t able to find the One we sought after.
May your strength and comfort come this day as you continue on this Lenten path. Like Elijah, may you, too keep listening. May you hear that still, small voice of God speaking. May you be reminded that we often have to listen with our hearts and feel with our eyes. This faith journey we are on continues for our lifetime. Each day, each step can instruct and inspire us to pay attention to it all: the earthquake, the fire and the voice so still that we need to lean in to even begin to listen.
Prayer: Entering-in God, we listen for you this day. We long to know your presence in our lives. We long for your lovingkindness. Speak to us, bring to us ways that we might best know and serve you. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.