Safe Silence (23 February 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

I am not conceited, Lord, and I don’t waste my time on impossible schemes. But I have learned to feel safe and satisfied, just like a young child on its mother’s lap. People of Israel, you must trust the Lord now and forever. 

(Psalm 131:1-3)

Reflect:

The NRSV translates the second verse as, “I have calmed and quieted my soul.” In calm and quiet we realise just how impossible our schemes are. In calm and quiet we find all we need in God and our relentless striving can be seen for what it actually is. Our striving for position and affluence show their futility in silence.

Respond:

Remember what it was like to sit on your mother’s lap. In this space of security and love, striving ceased. Position and affluence didn’t matter. Trust is an eternal bond of unspoken intimacy. For ten minutes (set an alarm if you need to) sit in the open space of silence. God is near. He is your loving Father. Receive this silence from him.

Midday Meditation:

‘Be silent, and listen to God. Let your heart be in such a state of preparation that his Spirit may impress upon you such virtues as will please him. Let all within you listen to him. This silence of all outward and earthly affection and of human thoughts within us is essential if we are to hear his voice.’ (François Fénelon)

Evening Reflection:

Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God!" (Psalm 46:10a)

When today did you crawl upon the Father’s lap and rest in silence? When today did you find yourself swept up into the noise of striving and schemes? Just as child tells their parent about their day, tell the Father about yours. Then, silently rest in unspoken intimacy.

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