When Silence Blossoms (3 March 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You know that our ancestors were told, “Don’t use the Lord’s name to make a promise unless you are going to keep it.” But I tell you not to swear by anything when you make a promise! Heaven is God’s throne, so don’t swear by heaven. The earth is God’s footstool, so don’t swear by the earth. Jerusalem is the city of the great king, so don’t swear by it. Don’t swear by your own head. You cannot make one hair white or black. When you make a promise, say only “Yes” or “No.” Anything else comes from the devil.

(Matthew 5:33-37)

Reflect:

In this passage Jesus cuts right to the heart of the human drive to control, specifically our drive to control others with our words. He breaks down our assumption that we are in charge. This stark reality is frightening, unless firmly rooted in the freedom to let God be in control. When we sit in silence with God the roots of trust grow and blossom into the fruit of giving silence to others. In silence, we can finally release our death grip on our lives and the lives of others. 

Respond:

Think back to the life of Jesus. He was often misunderstood. His contemporaries understood him to be Elijah, John the Baptist resurrected, a freedom fighter, an a prophet. And yet we don’t see Jesus rushing to set them straight. When he spoke, he did not manipulate or force or coerce.

In what ways can you give up the right to be understood? Release what others think about you into the hands of God.

Midday Meditation:

Let love and loyalty always show like a necklace, and write them in your mind. God and people will like you and consider you a success. With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

(Proverbs 3:3-6)

Evening Reflection:

‘One day God spoke to me and I heard these words, “You won’t be overcome.” God wants us to be strong in our certainty in him, always, both in good times and in bad. The Lord loves us, and God so enjoys our company.

God loves being with us and wants us to love him and enjoy being with him and trust him completely, and all will be well.’

(Julian of Norwich: Revelations)

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