Here is the first verse of our Old Testament reading for today, from 1 Kings: ‘And there he [Elijah] came to a cave, and lodged there; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”’

This passage goes on to relate how the Lord was not in the earthquake, the wind, or the fire. But after the fire, there came a ‘still, small voice’. And when he heard it, Elijah wrapped himself in his mantle and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. It was the Lord.

For us, it is so important to listen to the still, small voice within; to heed it and to act according to its guidance. St John Henry Newman called it ‘conscience’, the ‘aboriginal voice of Christ’. May we learn to trust it with confidence, and allow it to guide us; and may God bless you this day.