In the Church

In the church she felt only marginal comfort
A stranger alone in the pew
In the corner a man was praying
Modeling silent admonition:
“Be still, and know I am God.”*


The grace and joy that washed over her
As all sang and the gospel was proclaimed
Made her thankful for this time to worship
And that she had decided to stay.

*Psalm 46:10:”Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Sammi's Weekend Writing Prompt #190, "marginal" 31 words
Linda's Just Jot It January, "in the corner"
Image credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/woman-sitting-on-bench-1217250/

Author: Dora

The unearned splendor of being means we can always meet on a common plane of gratitude, aiming in conversation, art, or writing towards “something understood.”

17 thoughts on “In the Church”

        1. I would love to enjoy it in Hebrew. Like Simone Weil, I think saying a familiar psalm like the 23rd in Hebrew or even Greek forces you to linger on its meaning rather than recite it mindlessly. Besides, some have said Hebrew is the language of angels. 🙂

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  1. Exult and praise GOD for He is the true and only GOD. This is one of the powerful verses of the Bible, Dora. We anchor our faith (like that of a tiny mustard) to Him who created and sustains us. Blessings to you and your loved ones.

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  2. There was just something about the vast barrenness of the place that called for it to be filled with sound… with music, with voices, with whispered prayers…. today, though, it was silent, empty… the lone person sitting in silence. The silence was too much to bear… “Be Still, indeed!” She shouts in the silent sanctuary, listening to the echoes. Thanks for the inspiration, Isadora. Love how you did this one.

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