Scripture: 1 Kings 19:11-12

As we journey through the seasons of our lives, we increasingly find ourselves bound up, not necessarily by the need for action but rather by the presence of noise.

Through the ever-present cacophony of our daily existence, we hear calls demanding much from us: our time, our effort; our attention; our energy.

Often, the noise is so overwhelming it robs us of one crucial thing: our sense of peace.

The season of Lent is no exception, and despite the best of efforts, many have a tough time finding the peace they seek.

Indeed, Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and – ultimately – to the cross demanded much from him, including his very life.

Like Elijah’s encounter with God at the mouth of a cave and Jesus’ hearing God in a garden named Gethsemane, we too can find the peace of God which passes all understanding in moments of sheer silence in our world.

Finding this peace doesn’t require climbing a mountain or isolating ourselves in a garden.

Often, we can find it simply by slowing down, taking a breath, and looking inside.

God dwells with and within us, and there, we’ll find the sheer silence of God’s peace.

Gracious God, grant us inquisitive minds open to your presence, grateful hearts open to your love, and discerning ears open to the sound of your voice in both the chaos and the sheer silence in our lives. Amen.

Matt Rhodes, Lynchburg, VA

A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need. 

Every $1 donated provides more than 40 servings to those in greatest need. A donation of $47 for the 47 days in Lent provides more than 1,880 servings. 

What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors! 

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