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?
“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)
Prayer for the Week
Breathe on me, Breath of God.
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