Be still

A shortish bloggage today as I’ve been rather busy.

Reflecting on yesterday morning when we looked at Psalm 46. In the midst of turmoil the psalmist gives us God’s invitation to’ Be still and know that I am God’. It may help you to read that Psalm, or if you’re desperate you could listen to it at

That’s an invitation for us all. ‘Be still’ is not just about not moving, it means to’ stop fighting’, ‘stop struggling’, ‘calm down’. When we are trying to do fight the odds on our own, when we’re struggling to achieve under our own steam and with our own initiative God’s message is to stop, to be still.

And then we are to know that he is God. Not simply intellectually, cerebrally, but personally, closely, intimately. God will be with us, sometimes in surprising ways, and in extreme circumstances the best thing we can do is get to know him better: as the refuge and strength, as the ever present help, as the fortress, God with us.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

Yesterday morning was my first back at our church. As I started preaching I looked meaningfully at the visual operator to start the accompanying PowerPoint. I wondered why he wasn’t putting anything on the screen. Then it dawned on me. It was still on the memory stick in my briefcase. D’oh!

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