(hush now.)

hush now

Silence is praise to you
Zion Dwelling God,
And also obedience.
You hear the prayer
in it all.
Psalm 65:1

(hush now.) be still.
Don’t fret — this isn’t a naughty time out,
a stern mom directive to seal your lips

(hush now.) calm your spirit.
No worries — this isn’t an eyebrow-raised rebuke,
a disapproving teacher shushing a chatty you

(hush now.) come in.
Breathe deep — this is an invitation
by a soul-loving God welcoming you

To carry yourself quiet
in small steps and long strides,
with forkfuls of food and sips of tea

To settle into silence as a steady rhythm
and inhale what lies before your eyes:
coworkers, clouds, children

To close your lips gently
and listen to those around you:
worries of the day, dreams of the future

To receive your very life as a precious gift
to hear your inner stirrings,
notice each without judgement

These — your deepest prayers —
lift each and every one (with a hush)
to the One who already knows.


  1. maryheitzie@gmail.com

    Beautiful. Came to me on a day when I didn’t get much sleep….worried about everyone And everything.😜. Love, Mom

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Sheila Van Dyke

    OH, so calming and beautiful…the feelings so well conveyed…It is so okay…
    The beauty of it draws tears…Be still….
    Love that Ally….

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