Silence

But the Lord is in his holy temple.
Let all the earth be silent before him. 
Habbakuk 2:20

Last night, Good Friday, we remembered Jesus crucified and laid in the tomb. Tomorrow is the resurrection. What are we to do today?

Today is the kind of day we know about: days we’ve had filled with despair, loneliness, suffering, shame, fear…

What are we to do today? Especially when it’s like the kind of days we’d rather not experience.

Today we consider the spiritual practice of silence.

Yes, silence. That elusive space of quiet.

Silence is hard to find in our world today. We have to intentionally make silence.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "We are silent at the beginning of the day because God should have the first word and we are silent before going to sleep because the last word also belongs to God."

Remember, spiritual practices are not additions to our busy days, but ways to be intentional during our days. How might we “be silent before God”? Perhaps it’s not always turning on the radio or music or podcast or audiobook when we’re in the car. When we arrive home, we don’t turn on a tv or screen or speaker. We don’t check our phones immediately upon waking. We allow ourselves to rest in God before falling asleep.

It’s hard to quiet the loudest thing of all: our minds. Think of the disciples and Jesus’ followers on this day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Their minds were racing. Our minds race and rarely settle. That’s why we call these spiritual “practices”! We practice and practice and intentionally find moments of silence to be before our God who knows exactly what despair, loneliness, suffering, shame and fear feel like.

See you tomorrow at 9:00 & 10:30 am for the Easter celebration. Until then, let’s practice a little silence.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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