Keeping Quiet (6 November 2020)

Morning Encounter:


It’s stupid to say bad things about your neighbours. If you are sensible, you will keep quiet. A gossip tells everything, but a true friend will keep a secret. 

(Proverbs 11.12-13)


The book of Proverbs is part of a genre of ‘wisdom’ literature that includes (the less cheerful!) Job & Ecclesiastes. It is generally a book of encouragement, based on the idea that God’s ways are superior to ours and that in following his ways we will find wisdom, contentment and blessing. In a chapter on right behaviour, the author encourages us towards silence – not just on our own, but also in the company of others.  Controlling our tongue maybe one of life’s greatest challenges - ill spoken words are often the source of disputes, bad relationships and regrets. Be aware today of when it might be better to practise silence in your relationships.


Ask the Holy Spirit to help you not to speak of anybody in negative ways. If you are around people who start to gossip, then choose not to get involved – walk away or if appropriate find ways to speak positively about people you know.

Midday Meditation:

'Our greatest temptation is toward too many words. They weaken our faith and make us lukewarm. But silence is a sacred discipline, a guard of the Holy Spirit.' 

(Henri Nouwen The Way of the Heart)

Evening Reflection:

This evening, why not be still and silent for a period of time. If it helps with focus, you might like to light a candle or watch a log fire burn as you reflect on your day.

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.
God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.
God saves me and honours me.
He is that mighty rock where I find safety. 

(From Psalm 62)

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