“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Practicing Holy Silence

It is a noisy world and it seems like it just keeps getting noisier. Where once was heard the swish of a broom, the creaking of a rocking chair, and the sound of soft conversation, we are now exposed to ringing telephones, blaring televisions, not to mention power mowers, plus the rumble of traffic. Is there any place one can go to escape this din? In 1 Kings Chapter 19, Elijah flees to a cave to escape the wrath of Jezebel, and to wait for God to speak to him. It is in that quiet interval that he hears the low, murmuring voice of God. Now there’s no need to look for a cave to flee to, because, with a little practice, we can create within ourselves a quiet inner chamber, a private chapel in which to be alone with God, and to listen for his voice. In this quiet space we will come to know ourselves, and what God wants us to do, and who God wants us to be. Unfortunately, our lives have become dependent on the noisemakers. But we can strive for inner peace, the peace that we experience when we take the time to develop an intimate relationship with God. Practice holy silence and discover the transforming power of God’s love.

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