Spiritual Practice

Hush, My Child

L. Joey Faucette

Last year I struggled to decide what I should remove from my life during Lent in order to invite the creative Spirit in. I needed something different, something other than giving up chocolate. (And that’s not easy!) I prayed diligently, searching for what God needed me to remove; and I stumbled across it in a church meeting.

A pastoral counselor was emphasizing the importance of listening and cited the psalmist’s exhortation to “be still, and know that I am God.” Suddenly, I knew what my soul craved. In a flash, my mind cleared and my soul applauded as I decided to give up noise for Lent.

I know that may sound strange, but how else can I silence my soul long enough to hear the speaking God? And how could I live this out in the real world?

Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10a (NIV)

Well, I spend a lot of time driving to hospitals, homes, and meetings—usually with the radio on. I turned it off. When I am home, I frequently turn on a ball game while I read. I turned the TV off. When I am counseling, I often catch my self planning my response before the client finishes a sentence. During Lent, I listened first. When I pray, I normally list petitions a mile long and say, “Amen.” Since Lent, I list my petitions, then sit in silence for at least twenty minutes, listening to God.

I create an empty space for the Spirit to transform into a holy place. What about you? Where is your empty space waiting for the Spirit of holiness?


PRAYER: O God, I’ll probably be in a rush today. Help me to find some hush, some room for you to enter in. Come, Holy Spirit, transform my unholy noise into your holy place. Amen.

—from devozine (January/February 1998). Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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