Jonathan Martin received a degree in Interdisciplinary studies from Naropa University with an emphasis in World Religion and Psychology. An accomplished writer his lyrics have been set to music by composers such as Brad Nix, Victor Johnson, John Purifoy, Jon Paige and his father Joseph Martin. Jonathan lives in Austin, Texas

Much has been written about the importance of finding moments of quiet and reflection in cultivating wellness of spirit and body. The concepts of retreating into a sanctuary of stillness for the purposes of renewing a deeper peace has been a valuable in my own life. I attended a college that placed a strong emphasis on daily meditation. I treasured these moments in my day and the impact of this simple discipline has certainly continued to influence my journey even after college.

The current culture has adapted their own secular versions from many faith traditions that practice contemplation prayer or meditation. The explosion of interest in Yoga is just one example of how contemporary society is discovering meaning in an ancient wisdom. This is not surprising considering the pace and intensity of modern life.

In the Christian tradition, the season of Lent offers an opportunity for the seeker to explore this important concept in the pursuit of spiritual wellness. Lent is a time that invites us to focus on a simpler more meaningful way of life. It is a time of prayer, fasting and meditation. It models Jesus’ own life and actions. You may recall that Jesus fasted and prayed in the desert in a time of preparation for his ministry.

During this sacred time, you might strive to keep your spirit focused on things that bring you joy and fulfillment. Seek a calmness of spirit and a clarity of mind. Listen to beautiful music, read poetry, visit a museum. Find a pleasant place to walk, and pray as you walk, remembering all of the splendid blessings of your life.

Renew your commitment to the ministry opportunities you see around. It may be a time to recommit yourself to a healthier lifestyle and involve yourself with a charity or church mission that feeds the poor or tutors young students at risk. Finding meaning through service is a very important way of giving yourself to God and emptying your life of clutter so that God can fill you again with the abundance of His Spirit.

Most of all use prayer to bring calmness, clarity and commitment to your walk with God. Give yourself to God’s graceful gift of peace, and discover in the silence the still small voice that calls you to His heart.



Words: Jonathan and Joseph Martin


Be still before the sovereign Lord.

He is near, He is near

Be still and know that he is God.

Do not fear, do not fear,


Come kneel before the holy Lord.

He is near, he is near.

Oh, cast your prayers and cares on Him.

He will hear, He will hear.


Trust His heart and live in faith,

Every moment, every day.

Be filled and praise the living Lord

He is near, he is near.


Be filled and praise the living Lord,

Worship God, Worship God.

How precious is His holy Word

Worship God, Worship God.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow

Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Be filled and praise the living Lord,

worship God, Worship God


Be filled and praise the living Lord

Come kneel before the holy Lord.

Be still before the sovereign Lord.

Worship God.


Editor’s Note: Look and listen to several Jonathan Martin texts written in the spirit of quiet contemplation.






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