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August 11th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

As a component of your summertime respite, I invite you to try a small discipline each day for the next week. (I strongly recommend doing this seven days in a row.) It will require 10 minutes of quiet time (or more, if you’re able, but no less) – that’s the hard part.  Well, that, and turning off your technology.

Here’s the brief recipe: On the first day, or even right now if you have a moment, hand print the poem below just as it is on a slip of paper that you can keep in a pocket or purse. (Two reasons for this: the activity focuses attention; and it will allow you to avoid sourcing technology on successive days.)

First thing in the morning? Last thing before bed? Middle of the day? You pick. But be disciplined about spending at least 10 minutes contemplating the poem in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Read the words slowly, intentionally…

          Let Your God Love You
Edwina Gateley

Be silent.
Be still.
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.

Let your God—
Love you.

That’s it for today… vacation beckons… catch you next week, hopefully a bit more focused, poised and confident in your own skin and standing before God.

Stephen Bauman

Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Bauman is the Senior Minister at Christ Church.