Spiritual Practice


Carol Bradfield & Lori Z. Scott

The deck of our home is eye level with the mountaintop. Every evening growing up, I would go out on the deck and watch the sun set over that mountain. Everything was still and quiet. My parents and siblings were somewhere else—watching TV, talking on the phone, doing homework, cleaning up.


I loved those times—just me, God, and the sunset. I would talk with God about my day and ask for guidance about what was ahead or for help with boys, friends, or family. Our conversations helped me to unravel many things in my life.

I never regretted making time to be with God. In those moments, I came not only to believe but to know that God cared for me. In the stillness, I started getting to know God. I want to know God even more. Want to catch a sunset?

—Carol Bradfield


Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him.
Psalm 37:7 (NRSV)


I wanted time alone with God
so I set aside
some empty space in the morning
to focus, pray,
and read my Bible.
Before long,
the intimacy I experienced
in those empty spaces
followed me throughout the day
like a sweet perfume.
That’s when I realized
a comforting truth:
God was already in every space of my life,
whether it was empty or not.

—Lori Z. Scott

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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