still saturday: the hardest thing

stillness and strength

Father, sometimes

it’s the hardest thing

in the world

just to be still,

stay close

and let you love me.

But because I am loved and I love,

I try,


Here I am, Father.

Still for once.

Closer than I’ve ever been.




Love me, Father.

- Brennan Manning in Souvenirs of Solitude:Finding Rest in Abba’s Embrace

Still trying,


Welcome to Still Saturday where we pause after a busy week, move in quiet pilgrimage, maybe linger a while in some still place, and soak in the beauty of images and words. We’d love for you to join us. Get the details on the left, grab your favorite button, and link up below. We all love to hear if something especially speaks to your heart, but please don’t feel pressured to comment. Simply take some time to gaze long and drink deep.

I’m in Tennessee, friends, where a group of us is gathering before leaving for Haiti in the morning. I don’t know how reliable our WiFi will be–or if it will work at all. Also, I purchased an iPad rather than lug my computer along this year, and I’m having quite a learning curve with it. So if I’m unable to check in this week, please forgive me. And oh how I covet your prayers.

How to fix the brokenness
carry Christmas


  1. says

    “And let You love me…”

    Struck by these words today, Sandra. The realization that, even though it’s difficult sometimes to let love in, especially God’s, His Love has nothing to do with how we feel about ourselves, our worthiness or lovability. He loves us. Period. Because He is Love. And all we can do is to let it in…

    Don’t you just love those mourning doves?! Hearing their crooning calls in the early spring brings me such joy.

    God bless you,
    Healed By His Wounds recently posted..Broken Star

  2. says

    Do you know what song I keep hearing this December? “Still, Still, Still.” I’d completely forgotten about it, yet it feels like prophecy every time I stumble across it.


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