Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Silent prayer


I've been struck by the silence that we get up here on the hill, it's very remote and apart from the sounds of nature can be so still and quiet. Having recently been at Stanstead airport and witnessed the opposite of silence it is something I really appreciate. Believe it or not there are occassions when I enjoy solitude.

Mother Teresa said: “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

I'm struck also by a few bible verses

Psalm 37: 7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him”

Psalm 46: 10 “Be still and know that I am God”

Ecclesiastes 3: 7 “A time to be silent and a time to speak”

I'm sometimes not very still and I try to be God! I speak when i should hold my tongue, I am impatient when I should be peaceful.

“Sacred silence! Thou that art
Floodgate of the deeper heart,
Offspring of a heavenly kind;
Frost o’ the mouth, and thaw o’ the mind” Richard Flecknoe

An invocation to silence.

I live in a world of noise, Silence does not always come in the natural world. There can be noise all around me but I have to find a silent, still place inside myself

Time alone and in silence can produce great things. I'm thinking about having a day of silence, a speak fast!

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” Mahatma Ghandi

1 comment:

nichola said...

This is just what I needed to read at the moment - beautiful