The Open Space of Silence (22 February 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Introduction

If we are going to experience a deeper life of prayer, then we will benefit from embracing the practice of silence. We all admit that “silence is golden.” In fact we’ve agreed on this since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. It is highly valued and strangely illusive. We are swimming in sound, words, music, a whole lot of noise. For us moderns, silence must be intentional. Silence has two expressions. One is found in the receiving of silence and the other is found in the giving of silence. Intuitively we know both are necessary to live well. In receiving silence, we enter into the opened space of intimate relationship with God. In giving silence, we learn to listen. Join us this week as we step into this discipline and experience the rest and trust God has for us.

Read:

Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe and the fortress where I am secure. 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 honors me. He is that mighty rock where I find safety.

Trust God, my friends, and always tell him each one of your concerns. God is our place of safety. We humans are only a breath; none of us are truly great. All of us together weigh less than a puff of air.

(Psalm 62: 1-2, 5-9)

Reflect:

Silence is hard to find in our day; and yet only in the open space of silence are we stripped of pretension. In silence, we hear the voice of God. He reminds us that for all our efforts, still, he is the only one who can save us. In silence, we bare our souls and he receives us. In silence, we abide in God’s presence, and our trust in him is strengthened.

Response:

Draw your attention to the open spaces of silence today. Notice the invitations to be silent. It might be found in a few moments of silence before a meal or in disconnecting from media for half of a day. Perhaps step outside just before going to bed and rest in the silence of God.

 

 

Midday Meditation:

Let all the world be silent-- The LORD is present in his holy temple. (Habakkuk 2:20)

In the next few moments, try to be as silent as possible. Quiet as many external noises as you can; lean into the internal silence. Take a deep breath. Rest. Consider the ways in which God has been present in your day thus far.  

Evening Reflection:

Evening Reflection:

“Only silence will allow us life-transforming concentration upon God.” (Dallas Willard: Spirit of the Disciplines)

If you can, settle into a space of extended silence this evening. Calmly wait for God. Reflect upon your day—your morning, your afternoon and now, your evening. When did you enter into silence? How did God meet you there? Give thanks.

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