Greek for undisturbed or untroubled “ataraxia” is a place of inner peace or calm, in spite of external circumstances. St Paul wrote these timeless words: “… Your life is hidden with Christ in God…” so adding to the Psalmist’s poetic insights recorded in Psalm 18 (recommended reading). In this reflective ditty I see a movement from inner turmoil (the reality of many of us) to a place of “ataraxia” found through abiding “in Christ” and I pray this will be your felt experience today.

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Calm that raging storm within

Tumult of both wind and sea

Still me into quietness

May Your peace hold sway in me

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Under shelter of Your wing

May I rest from all alarm

Safely held in strong embrace

Kept from all that could cause harm

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Living in that spacious place

Rock of Ages split for me

Trusting in Your loving care

Hidden there eternally

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