Sunday Meditations – I Needed The Quiet

This week, I’ve been quiet. A lot. My body and my heart thirsted for quiet.

I knew I needed it…deep down. Life gets so ridiculously busy that it’s almost impossible to have quiet. That might have just a tiny bit to do with having a very curious 18 month old baby man to chase after.


Since Ridley and I were both not feeling well, we both reveled in the quiet. He wanted me to hold him and snuggle him. It was precious.

As I repeatedly (a bajillion times) glanced around my house to see the dirty dishes, dirty floors, dirty clothes, dirty, dirty, dirt, this poem came to my mind.

I Needed The Quiet

I needed the quiet so he drew me aside
Into the shadows where we could confide,
Away from the bustle where all the day long
I hurried and worried when active and strong.
I needed the quiet tho at first I rebelled,
But gently, so gently my cross he upheld,
And whispered so sweetly of spiritual things,
Tho weakened in body, my spirit took wings
To heights never heard of when active and gay,
He loved me so greatly he drew me away.
I needed the quiet, no prison my bed,
But a beautiful valley of blessings instead –
A place to grow richer in Jesus to hide
I needed the quiet so he drew me aside.

– Alice H. Mortenson

Powerful, thoughtful words. A precious poem, worth remembering.

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

2 Cor. 12:9

Do you need some quiet?


  1. The more I struggle with the tyranny of the urgent, the more wonderful is the early morning time with Christ! I love you babe!

  2. Amen! What a beautiful reminder. As I currently struggle with caring for a sick baby whose fever climbs ever higher, these words resonate with me. I’ve been using all the time I’m not sleeping at night to pray as I hold my shaking, glassy-eyed baby girl… while I’d rather not have her sick and suffering, the extra prayer time has been a blessing!
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  3. Beautiful words. Thank you for sharing. I’ve been needing more quiet in my life as well…..and I don’t know why I fail to take advantage of the rest He can give more often!

  4. The first time that I ever read this poem was when I had had knee surgery on my left knee for the second time. A blood clot formed in my left leg and I had problems that prevented me from bending my knee. I was hospitalized a couple of times, I had to have surgery a second time to clean out scar tissue so my knee could be rehabbed. My sister sent me a bulletin from her church which had this poem written on the back. When I read it, I could relate to the words in the poem. It seemed so appropriate for what I had gone through and was still going through. I even passed this poem on to others who seem to be struggling and I hoped that they could relate it to their situation like I had related it to mine. Once again, I am having issues again with, not a blood clot, but with blood clots in my left leg and my lungs. This time this poem really ministers to me in a lot broader and significant way that it did the first time that I ever read it.

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