Seeking the Quiet Center


At a recent Oregon-Idaho Cabinet meeting, Rev. Peg Lofsvold led a devotional where we meditated on the hymn: “Come and Find a Quiet Center.” Let me repeat the first stanza:

Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
Find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
Clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes that we can see
All the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be. 1

I was moved by the simplicity and depth of these words that I used to sing without thinking about the deeper implications. When forced to deeply reflect on the words, it spoke to me anew. We do get bogged down with the chaos and the clutter, and this clouds that which really matters in life. Being a child of God in the mere presence of God is one of our Christian purposes, and it takes moving away from the sheer volume of work to simply be....

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Grant Hagiya
Bishop Grant Hagiya serves the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, providing leadership to the Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest and Alaska Conferences.