Practicing SilenceNew Every Morning | October 26, 2019
SILENCE IS a key practice in our spiritual journey. Silent contemplation allows us to clear our minds and hear God. If we do all the talking, God cannot get through to us. In addition, like in any relationship, shared communion deepens when we sit in silence with the other.
—Valerie K. Isenhower, Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera: A Spiritual Journey in Photography (Upper Room Books, 2012)
When can you create space for encountering God in silence? Share your thoughts.
“He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.”
—1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV)
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Breathe on me, Breath of God.
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My time in the morning is the space where there is silence…it seems more sacred and holy in the early hours. I also try to take a moment, here and there at school. Even though there isn’t utter silence, I can silent my mind, clear it and come before Him.
A quick weekend trip for a concert at the other end of my state. My best friend and I are going, with a lot of stops at favorite places along the way. A boutique and bakery, amongst them. Dinner at a favorite BBQ joint near the concert venue. Time with my friend like this is rare and so precious. She is sacrificing time with her family to do this. Was hoping for sunny travel to enjoy the Fall colors, but we will be traveling in rain today and clouds tomorrow.
Yesterday was the end of the first quarter at school. It has gone so fast.
Early morning and evening, after I wake up or before I go to sleep, but also on walks during the day are times to be silent and listen for the Lord.
Good news, Erich has a job, he goes next week to fill out paperwork, and starts November 5th. Thank You, Lord. Had a nice ride with him exploring our area, stopped to get cider and donuts.. It was a beautiful ride. Thank You,
Prayers for a safe trip, Jill and your best friend. The end of a marking period
means grades and a report card. Hope students did well.
Praise God Erich has a job. May God’s presence go with him, to lead and guide him every step.
Throughout the day, I pause and encounter God in silence.
Thank you God that we can always pause and encounter you in silence.
Blessings to all and may all encounter God in silence!
I do not do this as often as I would like or should. The mornings are the best times for me as well. I also try to end the day in this way as well.
Prayers for safe travel and a weekend filled with happy memories for Jill and her friend.
Prayers for Mary and for her friend who recently embraced the Lord.
Prayers for Robert and Erich, their relationship, time together and Erich’s job. May he find success and fulfillment.
Prayers for April, BJ, Andrea, Betsy, Connie, Lou and Marcy.
Prayers and thank you dear friends
Please remember in prayer my sermon helper, Rev. Dick, a Methodist minister recovering from adhesion surgery, and my friend Rev. Joel who needs two kidneys, and my Bishop, Chip, recovering from three cardiac stints. Thanks very much.