Sometimes the demands of everyday life, which for many have been heightened by the pandemic, can feel overwhelming. But as this poem highlights, divine Love, God, is here to inspire us with peace, stillness, and inspiration.

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Make a place
for stillness
in morning’s rough alarm
in the noon of human busyness
in evening’s muffled hope
in starless corners of the night.

Whether the stillness is easy
or is wrestled for and won,
the place
for stillness
is no bleak or silent emptiness,
for stillness
is a listening prayer
where Love’s voice speaks,
and Love speaks
to Her child, whose love
for stillness
Love imparts.

Originally published in the March 2001 issue of The Christian Science Journal.

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About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

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