A few days ago I attended a funeral service for a dear saint of God who worships as part of the family at St. Clements. As part of the service, we recited a series of petitions from the Common Prayer Book.
I was struck by the supplication from the following petition.
Grant, we beseech Thee, Merciful Lord, to Thy faithful people pardon and peace, that they may be cleaned from all sins, and serve Thee with a quiet mind; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
So what does it mean to serve the Lord with a “quiet mind?” Based on the context of the prayer, clearly one aspect of a quiet mind rests in knowing and claiming by faith that your sins have been cleansed and forgiven. Guilt and shame created a constant troubling noise in the soul and mind.
I also would liken a “quiet mind” to experiencing the “peace that passes all understanding” that Paul championed in his letters. The very peace that Jesus promised those who followed closely after Him.
In our highly connected digital age finding a quiet peaceful place has become increasingly more challenging. Too often I long for a dead spot where my cellphone has no reception so I can escape for a moment from constantly being in touch.
This morning I long for a “quiet mind” by which I can ponder the grace of God, rest in His goodness, and hear the “still small voice” of His Spirit that guides by thoughts and steps.