Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. Mark 6:31

Come away with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile. Mark 6:31


​An Invitation from Jesus – Come with Me to a Quiet Place


The headlines shouted across the glaring screen, and my heart dropped lower than I thought it could go. It seemed that for a moment I felt the weight and the sadness of the world crashing upon me.

But in the next moment I heard a whisper, stronger than the weight, deeper than the sadness:

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’” Mark 6:31

Are you also feeling those anxious mind-racing thoughts that threaten to pull your heart down? Our Lord Jesus has called us to lay the weight down and find His quiet rest.

Into the rushing He calls us to slow, to listen to our breathing, to center our thoughts on Him. We don’t have to wait until the noises in our minds stop. No, we can pause in the very middle of the shouting, and instead lift our thoughts to Jesus. “Jesus, my Savior, have mercy on me.” Quietly, one syllable at a time, He invites us to gently focus our hearts on Him.

And when we wander back to the worries and the anxieties—what then? He invites us again, and again, and again. There are different names for this spiritual discipline of quiet prayer: Centering Prayer, Silent Prayer, Breath Prayer. But each practice is an invitation to center our thoughts and our hearts on Jesus. And He will meet us in that place of quiet rest.

HE is the true rest our souls are craving.

Will you join me in the place of simple silence with Him?


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