Meditation written and read by Cathy Tamsberg.
Running through the property of St. Mary’s Abbey is a lovely stream. It originates in a lake nearby and flows through the abbey, leaving dramatically in a small waterfall outside the wall that surrounds the grounds. The stream ran just below my second story Guest House window and I could faintly hear it even with the window closed. At night I slept with the window partially open in spite of the chilly weather so I could hear the flowing water.
On the second day, I went exploring to see the stream up close and discovered why I could hear it so well. Just below my window the water dropped a couple of feet, flowing over rocks to a lower level. As the water fell over the rocks and picked up speed, it made a lot of noise.
It struck me that our lives are like that. The faster we run to keep up with all of our activities, the noisier our lives become. The sound of rushing water is typically soothing (as long as it’s under control), but the noise created by our rushing around is not. It distracts us from what is important; it harms our health; and it interferes with our ability to hear the still, small voice that speaks to us in the silence.
In today’s psalm, the writer begins by recounting the ways he has been righteous. (Psalm 17) But then this Psalm of David petitions God for a number of things, including that God “hide me in the shadow of your wings.” May this day include moments of quiet and calm so that you can detect the nearby flutter of wings.
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.