I did something very strange, for a few minutes yesterday. Nothing.
And I was surprised at how powerful doing nothing can be.
I think I felt overwhelmed by the cycle. Constant news. Constant work. Constant emails. Constant information. And so, for a few minutes I sat still. I remembered words I have been told before by spiritual leaders whom I admire: “God often speaks loudest in the silence.”
So many times in Scripture God tries to convince his people to do nothing. Sit. Listen. Hear.
Be still and know that I am God.
He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.
From my office window I can see cars on Georgia Avenue and the Beltway. It is a constant reminder of the inescapable bustle, and very important things that must always be done. But as I sat still, and listened for God to speak, I was reminded that even when our lives and our world seem most chaotic, God is most constant. God used those minutes yesterday to remind me that he is unchanging. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
This week is busy. Political fights threaten to break us down and apart from one another. Next week will be busy too.
Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh
(Note: Scripture quotes in this message were taken from Psalm 46:10; Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 30:15; Psalm 46; and Matthew 11:28)
A memorial service for Perry Holley will take place at Calvary on Saturday, October 6th at 11am. Repast to follow. All are invited to attend the memorial service, supporting Calvary member and Perry’s wife, Margey. Members of the National Symphony Orchestra, of which Perry was a member for many years, will play during the service.
Joyce Rwehumbiza, wife of the late Robert Cottrell, gives thanks for Calvary’s prayers, letters, and kind gestures during Robert’s sickness and upon his passing. A memorial service and meal celebrating Robert’s life has been scheduled for October 6th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. However, because of space constraints this will be a private event for Roberts family and work. Thanksgiving for Robert’s life and continued prayers for his family will be included in the worship service on October 7th at Calvary.
Town-Hall Meetings are scheduled for this Sunday, Sept. 30 and next Sunday, Oct. 7th. These meetings are an opportunity for Calvary members and friends to learn more about the Allocation Committee’s building recommendations and to have your questions answered. This is a very large project and important for the future of Calvary’s ministry. Member participation is encouraged. A vote will take place on October 14th to approve the scope of work.
The readings for this Sunday are: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50.