“Be still and know I am God.” Psalm 46:10
“Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter’, he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.” Matthew 9:19–22
"There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence . . . activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. . . . it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful." Thomas Merton
“Slowing is one way to overcome inner hurriedness and addiction to busyness. Through slowing, the sacrament of the present moment is tasted to the full.” Adele Calhoun
"Hurry is the great enemy of souls in our day. Being busy is mostly a condition of our outer world; it is having many things to do. Being hurried is a problem of the soul. It’s being so preoccupied with myself and what myself has to do that I am no longer able to be fully present with God and fully present with you. There is no way a soul can thrive when it is hurried. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life." Dallas Willard
Can you imagine a hurried Jesus? John Mark Comer – who is pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon – suggests that love, joy and peace are incompatible with the life of hurry. We're invited to slow down and be present to the goodness of God in every moment.