Friday, July 30, 2010
How do you respond to silence? Do you think about getting the "silent treatment" when someone is angry with you? Do you think about times of loneliness? Do you remember glorious walks in the forest? Do you remember times when you were left to relish in the calm after a house full of people go back to their homes? Do you think of the silence in a church on a quiet Friday morning?
The prophet Habakkuk reminds us that God is, and that we can worship and connect with God through silence. How hard is it for you to embrace silence? Carving out time for silence can be hard in our busy, 24/7 world. There seems to be background noise all around us.
Just last night, I was reading and the kids were in bed and I started to hear the most amazing sound emerging from the silence. At first I thought it was a sound that went along with someone setting off fireworks - a high-pitched screech. Or, perhaps it was a pack of coyotes across the woods...
So, I went outside, and the noise stopped. Later, I realized that the noise was bats flying nearby our outside light where a plethora of bugs were flying. Bats feasting on bugs, emerging from the silence. Amazing.
What gifts of silence are there for us? Do we have ears to hear? Do we shut up long enough to enjoy the silence of the Almighty?
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. Habakkuk 2:20
"I am learning to shut up more in the presence of God." Archbishop Tutu
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey