Speak Gently

Dear God,

Speak gently in my silence.

When the loud outer noises
of my surroundings,
and the loud inner noises
of my fears
keep pulling me away from you,
help me to trust
that you are still there
even when I am unable
to hear you.

“Come to me, all you who are
overburdened, and I will
give you rest…
for I am gentle and humble
of heart.”
Let that loving voice
be my guide.




Henri J.M. Nouwen