O Thou Whose Stillness Drowns

A poem by Ruth Bell Graham

O Thou Whose Stillness Drowns

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O Thou

Whose stillness drowns

earth’s total noise –

its grating sounds:





of my frustration,



the screaming silences



the din

of questions clamoring

for their “why?”

and “how?”


the rumblings

of man’s discontent,

erupting hate,


war’s distant thunder

rolling near,

and everywhere

the cries

of fear

that paralyzes

as it grips…

and near at hand

a faucet drips.

O Thou,

Whose stillness drowns

earth’s total noise,

only in Thee

is stillness found…

And I rejoice.

4 thoughts on “O Thou Whose Stillness Drowns”

  1. God has been attempting to teach me stillness for at least 10 years – learning little by little to “cease my warlike activity” and “be still and know he is God.” Psalm 46:10

    When God told the Israelites to “be still” the Egyptian army was on one side the Red Sea on the other BUT he had a plan for their deliverance from their enemies and he has a plan for MY deliverance from mine. I need only to be still and know the LORD will fight for me – the battle is His not mine.

  2. Jill,
    Thanks for that comment. Your words are a confirming balm in the furnace of pain and adversity that I’ve been in for the last 13 weeks. He will be my deliverer and will fight the battle for me. I am not strong, but, He is mighty to save.

    When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2)

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