… not what it used to be for our household. No church attendance in person. In fact, I feel as if I do not even belong to my church any more. If we were to walk into what was a typical February 2020 worship service this very day, I bet I would remember the stories of those I have prayed with but likely have forgotten their names.
Sunday is not the major part of my faith life though. I learned long ago that my relationship with Jesus is what holds me to His side. This poem from 1988 reflects that sentiment. I learned the phrase “center -down silence” from Richard Foster in his work “The Celebration of Discipline.” Foster says it refers to getting quiet in anticipation of drawing closer to the Lord.
Inside Out © 1988 Molly Lin Dutina
I want to live from the inside out, always within the center-down silence. Having to struggle to get back is not the direction I choose. Teach me, Lord, and help me know how to grow from the peaceful sanctuary within. Show me please where to refresh our love. Give me attitudes that will unravel me from the sin which so easily entangles. Make me one with You, Lord, so I will know how to be close to all that is around me. Help me, Father, and be glorified in my life.
I know the nautilus shell begins very small and grows larger as the animal grows larger. For me the nautilus can also be a useful image for the center-down silence: going from the busy, noisy world to the inner chambers of stillness and willingness to listen for the voice of the Almighty.
Try to center-down and listen