Rest during Covid-19 :: Ideas to quiet + A Practice
John and Sungshim take some time to discuss the challenges of rest especially at this time.
Set your Intention to grow your capacity to rest in God’s love.The life-changing information related to COVID-19 comes at us quickly. It demands us to stay alert; it urges us to move into action; it commands us to master our protective skills. The idea of rest - lowering our alertness, slowing down our action, relinquishing our mastery - sounds unrealistic, irresponsible, and even foolish. And yet, we are urged to “make every effort to enter into that rest” in Hebrew 4:11.
Let us see the deeper reality where God’s love and power flows in us and through us and never ceases. Real rest begins when we have an honest conversation with God. Real rest is found in the context of real conversation/relationship!
Engage yourself in a posture of rest.When you are finished interacting with God, engage in a posture of rest by actually entering into stillness. For this process, we will use the key line fromPsalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
What do we do? You are invited to recite the key line from Psalm 46:10, “Be still and Know that I am God” 5 times. Each time the line is recited, the key words are taken away and you will find yourself simply ‘being’ in His presence.
How to do it? Recite/chant/sing as follows:
Be still and know that I am God, (pause)
Be still and know that I am, (pause)
Be still and know, (pause)
Be still, (pause)
If you desire, linger in the silence.