The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.Alleluia. The earth is the Lord's for he made it: Come let us adore him. Alleluia.
In the morning prayer service this morning, I noted the transition between "let all earth keep silence before him," and "Lord, open our lips." I don't know what your household is like in the morning, but here, the "whole earth is not keeping silence before him," unless I drag my backside out of bed at 5 am before the kids and spouse awake. Here, we are involved in the holy (and sometimes unholy) chaos of washing, dressing, feeding, packing up lunches, (maybe a bit of cleaning), and then out the door.
I've been feeling a pull towards silence, but it can be hard to find it amidst the crazy swirl of this life. However, when I can take a moment (as I did a few minutes ago) to read Morning Prayer, and have a few minutes of reflection with Bach's Cello Suites on in the background, I can tap into the great river of the Holy Spirit that is around us always.
I think the transition from the opening sentence from Habakkuk, and the Invitatory "Lord Open Our Lips" is quite good. The reality is that what happens between these two is the confession, where we turn our hearts to ponder the things that we have done and the things which we have not done which we are not so happy about, and are things that take us away from the awareness of God in our lives. Sin is a heavy topic, and theologians can write tomes about it, but we all know that we are not so happy about some of our actions, words, and even thoughts. Luckily, we have the opportunity to praise God and then to offer our confession, and then to ask that the "Lord open our lips"...out of silence we care called into speaking, out of sleep, we are called into action, and it is helpful to remember that God animates us and all that we do.
Peace and Blessings on this Monday,
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey