Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Moment of Quiet in the Roar of the Waves

This is what I usually see in my early morning

Not exactly the most relaxing, restful and beautiful sight, is it?!


This is what my morning has been looking like...

I beg you to keep me in this silence so that I may learn from it
the word of your peace
and the word of your mercy
and the word of your gentleness to the world:
and that through me perhaps your word of peace may make itself heard
where it has not been possible for anyone to heart it for a long time.
Thomas Merton

It is a sanctuary for my soul.  A place where I come longing to be emptied of all that has distracted and overwhelmed me.  A place to be awash in His grace and mercy.  A place to be nothing more than His.

I am not sure why I feel it most in these watery places but I do. 

I can't help but wonder if we each have that place that beckons us to come. 

Contemplation is the response to a call; a call from Him Who has no voice, and yet Who speaks in everything that is, and Who, most of all, speaks in the depths of our own being:  for we ourselves are words of His.  But we are words that are meant to respond to Him, to answer to Him, to echo Him, and even in some way to contain Him and signifiy Him.  Contemplation is this echo.  It is a deep resonance in the inmost center of our spirit in which our very life loses its seperate voice and re-sounds with the majesty and the mercy of the Hidden and Living One. 
Thomas Merton

Losing my voice but finding His in the roar of the waves.

© A Sacred Longing 2009-2010


  1. longing for that peaceful sanctuary of His presence!

  2. Oh my! A sanctuary indeed. Enjoy your time in the quiet.

  3. My peaceful sanctuary of His presence is the Rocky Mountains. I had one of my most profound God Moments in Colorado... those mountains beckon me to come...

    When I see those mountains on the horizon when we arrive in Denver I can't describe what I feel. When I leave... I am never sad, I am fulfilled, knowing that I will be beckoned once again to that place that is a sanctuary for my soul!

    Enjoy those beautiful waves!

  4. My place of sacred contemplation has always been the mountains--life just breathes better there for me. I'm hoping I can get there sometime this Fall--perhaps in between chemo treatments.

    Thank you for your prayers; I feel them every one!

    Praying tonight that all is well with your soul.