There was a book written at a time that certainly dates me, later made into a movie. The book was entitled, “Ordinary People.” In the opening of that book, the main character muses that everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning, everyone needs a short sentence, committed to memory, that provides a guiding principle for the living of life. The character says, something like a bumper sticker: short, to the point and a principle which sets our days. Most of us indeed do have such words. Sometimes they change, sometimes they remain constant, sometimes they take the form of prayer, sometimes they take the form of grumbling beneath our breath. But in whatever form, we have those guiding words.
Do you remember being a child and losing a tooth? No matter how hard you try to focus on other things, somehow your tongue finds its way back to that new hole in your mouth. There is something so satisfying when your tongue finds rest in that space.
My bumper sticker words are simple. “Be still and know that I am God.” I often find those words coming to me in quiet times and in times of stress. Those words provide a space of calm. There are times when I repeat the sentence over and over each time taking away one word. Be still and know that I am God. Be still and know that I am. Be still and know. Be still and. Be still. Be.
The words of our faith are important. They ground us and they empower us. They are the words where our God continues to speak.
I will be interested in learning about your words, your bumper sticker, your foundation.
The Rev. Sarah Nelson