Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The sounds of Silence

One of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs was "The sounds of silence." Remember how it starts out?

"Hello darkness my old friend,
I've come to talk to you again."

Listening to it now, from the concert in Central Park.

I really believe in the spiritual gift of silence. . . shh!! Yuck . . . silence?! Yes, read on.

You see, when we think of silence, we assume we must spend a few days at a retreat center and not say a word. While that may be true, it is not the only way to practice silence. Another way is to change the word silence to the word 'listen.'

Tonight after teaching the spiritual gifts class, Debbie and I were helping out in the kitchen, and admittedly, I was exhausted, I had the chance to converse, but more importantly listen to some wise ladies from the church. It's not always easy to keep quiet, because many of us want to share our stories, but oftentimes, we need to listen to other's stories. A great opportunity to learn and allow your heart to be touched by another saint. So, thank you God, for helping me keep my mouth closed and receive a blessing.

Ahh, the wonderful sounds of silence!

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