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Faith and Silence – A Reflection

June 25, 2020

In these days of increasing “noise” via Social Media and 24-Hour News, it can be difficult to “Be Still” in God’s presence. For others the silence can be difficult for a variety of reasons. If you live alone in quarantine, the silence can be overwhelming when you are literally cut off from physical/social interaction. It is a delicate balance that is as unique as every individual. The challenge still is to find ways to “Be Still” in our daily living.

One thing I have discovered as a pastor is that Zoom fatigue is a real thing. The day can quickly be filled with meetings, studies, worship, and social get togethers. Yet in this time I understand even more how important silence is to my own faith journey. These sentences from Thomas Merton’s book Love and Loving speak to me and will continue to do so as this journey continues.

Faith demands the integrity of inner trust which produces wholeness, unity, peace, genuine security. Here we see the creative power and fruitfulness of silence. Not only does silence give us a chance to understand ourselves better, to get a truer and more balanced perspective on our own lives in relation to the lives of others: silence makes us whole if we let it. (Love and Living, p. 42)

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