Silence is the lifeblood of spiritual direction. You may wonder how that can be if the idea is to engage in conversation about all manner of life, love, loss, and longing. But silence is the gift offered by the director who sits and listens unhurried and silently present to your unfolding story. After sharing what is on my mind and in my heart during that hour with my director, I often come to a point where I feel done or emptied, and I fall silent. At first, this may feel awkward because our culture teaches us to keep conversations going. However, in spiritual direction, the conversation ebbs and flows. I find these spaces of silence become a bridge from my head to my heart as I listen inwardly to what I have just shared.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
—Psalm 62:5, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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