Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Serving Our Community And World In Christ's Name

Daily Devotional

Thursday June 20, 2019
1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV) He said, "Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by." Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 

Elijah was instructed by the angel to present himself to God but Elijah waited through the roaring wind, quaking earth, and hot flames to recognize God in the silence. Often we expect God to be big and flashy like special effects in a blockbuster movie, but God prefers to have our whole attention in the sound of sheer silence. We are invited to release our expectations and distractions, and simply be present with God whom we will encounter in our inner silence!

What are your expectations of God? Today will you be intentional about cultivating silence in your soul?

May you encounter God today in the silence you make space for in your life!
Pastor Scott Tyler

[Where are the places that help you feel peace so you can make space for God in your silence? Photo credit: Rev. Caroline Simmons  Owasco Lake.]

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By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
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As long as you ever can.
-- John Wesley