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A Special Place

Read Psalm 145:9-20

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your faithful shall bless you. They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom, and tell of your power, to make known to all people your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his deeds. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. Psalm 145 9-13 (NRSV)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)

Sam Siligato lives in New Jersey. Needing to find a quiet place to clear his head and find direction and peace, Sam had driven to one of his favorite spots. On a warm, breezy morning in southern New Jersey, Sam sat on a wooden bridge in the middle of the marshland, seeking an answer from God for a tough decision he had to make - a decision that could significantly affect the rest of his life. Sam prayed aloud, "Lord, I need peace; please speak to me." Though Sam has never heard an audible voice from God, there have been times that he has had a distinct impression, or has had some evidence that he has interpreted as that "still small voice of God" (see 1 Kings 19:12).

Shortly thereafter, a seagull landed in the creek which flowed under the bridge. It just sat there, peacefully looking at Sam as it floated in the water. Again, Sam asked the Lord to speak. Looking around, he said, "Oh, I see now. You are speaking. I'm just not listening!" All about Sam was peace. In the solitude, Sam sensed the Lord's voice and felt the beginning of peace in his mind and heart.

It's good to have a special place where we feel closest to the Lord. It is also always a good idea to pause and allow time for God to speak to us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we know that you are always here for us. Help us make time not only to talk with you but to listen for your still small voice of comfort. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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