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The Rev. John Gunn The Rev. John Gunn
The 20th Century produced many outstanding writers. One whose literary accomplishment stands as a living monument is the pastor, newspaper columnist and author, John R. Gunn (1877-1956). On a wide variety of subjects he left us an abundance of messages that warm the soul and touch the heart.

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Nerve Racking Existence

November 01, 2010

"What a nerve racking existence many people are living today. It's a restless, hurrying age in which we live and many people are building their lives upon quivering nerves. This seems to be peculiarly characteristic of Americans", writes columnist John R. Gunn, "In the pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure, multitudes of our people are rushing through life at a mad pace, thus undermining their physical, mental and spiritual lives."

We need to hear the same message the Lord sent to Ahaz through the prophet Isaiah, Say unto him 'be quiet'. When we possess our souls in quietness, our strength is renewed. In the crowded, feverish activities of everyday life, the soul's vitality is quickly used up. All of us need constantly that renewal which comes through waiting upon the Lord in quietness.

The practice of quietness is the only way to secure ourselves against breaking down from exhaustion. It is also the only way to keep our minds cleared of doubts and fears, misconceptions and confusion.

Life presents many perplexing and harassing problems which can be comprehended and solved only as we come apart from the maddening crowd and think them through in silence.

There are times when life beccomes a bewildering maze and we do not know what to think or what to do. Our only safeguard at such times is to listen to the gentle whisper of the still, small voice of God, which becomes audible to us only as we wait silently before Him.

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