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Noise – A Reflection

February 21, 2020

Today was a full day of walking and exploring San Francisco. We walked over ten miles and saw so much. At times we sat and simply soaked in the sound of the waves hitting the shore in the bay. At other times we enjoyed the quiet and solitude of parks and churches. There were moments when we were overcome by the noise around us. Crowds and loud conversations that drowned out our own thoughts and conversation.

Time away with my sweetheart has been wonderful. We have basked in the beauty of God’s creation. We have enjoyed each others company. We have enjoyed time with seals, sea lions, and gills like this friend at the top of the blog.

As I reflect on silence and the need for spiritual refreshment and restoration, I can’t help but think of Thomas Merton and his own quest for solitude and spiritual refreshment. This piece from his book, Thoughts in Solitude spoke to my heart.

When we have really met and known the world in silence, words do not separate us from the world nor from other men and women, nor from God, nor from ourselves because we no longer trust entirely in language to contain reality.

Choosing our words wisely and making time for silence and contemplation are crucial. I know this is true for me as well as for Denise as we serve God together. In this world of so much noise, may we embrace the moments of silence where our hearts and souls are restored.

  1. I’m so glad you are having quality time away with your sweetheart, Michael. And my heart agrees with your thoughts (and Merton’s) on silence and solitude. Their importance for our souls and walk with God can never be overestimated. God bless you both as you savour this needful break together.. 😊❤️

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