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January 2011 Column

 

 

The SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE of SILENCE
January 2011
 
A spiritual “discipline” is a “practice.” For this brand new year I suggest we add silence to our disciplines of prayer and scripture reading. (See previous articles.)
I am alone in our home most of the time as many of you are also alone. There are often periods of quiet. No one is talking, the TV is not blaring, no music is heard. It is quiet. However, the holy practice of “silence” does not mean the absence of noise or even being perfectly quiet. To enter into holy silence is to be attentive to the quiet in an attitude of listening for God to speak or for an urging from the Holy Spirit.
It seems very difficult to become quiet, to be still. There are so many distractions in our lives AND there’s that constant “something” running around in our brains. It takes practice, discipline. to become silent.
I find it helpful to sit quietly in a comfortable chair. Take a few deep breaths. Exhale old breath. I try to empty my mind by replacing the thoughts with a hymn or a short prayer. Sometimes I sing “Into My Heart, Come Into My heart Lord Jesus...” Sometimes I encourage myself to hushhhhhhhhhhhh. I like to light a flameless candle. Then I wait. I sit in the silence and wait.
When thoughts come to mind, allow them in and then try to return to silence. What is God saying to you today? It is in the silence we can hear!
To whom was God speaking in scripture “Be Still and Know That I Am?” Be Still. Silence.
 
Peace,
Pastor Sheila