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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Silence 4

Today I am reading a variety of verses on silence. Try reading them out loud.

Psalm 23:1-3
The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
Psalm 131:1-2
My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Isaiah 32:17
The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

Mark 4:39
Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,
“Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down
and it was completely calm.

I find there is something soothing about reading passages like this out loud. Hearing the Word from God given to you. My heart slows down. My breathing gets deeper. I feel more at peace and ready. You're in the boat today with the disciples. Pushed away from the safe harbor of the shoreline. Out where the big waves are. There may be storms ahead, rough water, wild wind, foam over the gunnels. Hear his voice through the spray.

One of my favorite quotes: "Who but Christ can speak efficaciously to the waves of such an unquiet sea?" (Lyman Beecher, father of Harriet Beecher Stowe). Who but Christ? No one.


For today's prayer, meditate on these words from Mother Teresa:

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

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