~ A Conversation with Laura Myers ~

 I grew up in a loving family, the oldest of eight children. I had five brothers and two sisters. At times, we were loud, rowdy and quarrelsome. In those moments, my father, tired from a long day at work, would encourage us to settle the arguments. He would listen to the complaints and consider both sides of the issues, but eventually, if unsuccessful, with a weary sigh he would declare,

“Just BE.”

Every time I read the Bible verse from Psalm 46:10a, I chuckle, wondering if my father had been entreating us to stop, quiet ourselves and just listen. It has become one of my most favorite verses and I have often used this verse to meditate, simply resting in the presence of God, letting go of trying to figure anything out and listening in the silence to God’s bidding for my life.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.

Be still.


Can I trust that God will speak to me if I just be? Can I be receptive and open to what God may reveal? In Lectio Divina, a prayerful reading and reflection of scripture, we read and listen with our hearts, meditate, pray and then let go, trusting that God will hold us in the palm of his hand. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Proverbs 3:5-6, from The Message). Let us trust in the cleansing and renewing power of God’s amazing grace for Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church.