Speak to your heart in silence upon your bed…
-- Psalm 4:4b
We have been conditioned in our culture to think that noise is natural, desirable, even comforting. For example, how often do you turn on your television or radio just to have "some noise in the background"? Noise has become so normal that when there is an absence of it, we feel anxious, vulnerable, fearful, lonely, and empty. A life crammed with noise makes us less aware, less alert, less attentive, less open to the world that is beyond noise. The very word noise has an astonishing derivation. It actually comes from the Latin word nausea -- which actually means seasickness, disgust, annoyance. The constant barrage of noise in our lives is like having a nagging case of nausea.
Silence or noiseless-ness, on the other hand, is pregnant with divine possibility. Silence is the meeting place of humans and angels, the meeting place of humans and the Divine One. The Russian saint St. Seraphim of Sarov once said, "Silence transfigures a person into an angel; it is the spiritual practice which most surely preserves inner peace."
Try keeping a noiseless day. A day of quiet reflection, a day of simple food, a day of sitting by the ocean or appreciating the other gifts of nature. A day of gentle and quiet words in the midst of one's family. You may be surprised to hear the voice of an angel - or the voice of God. You may feel the spirit of God stirring in the stillness of your soul. You may begin to see how precious you are to God. You might find yourself speaking to God from the silent part of your being and feeling God's love surrounding you like a cocoon of warm sunlight. But, most certainly, you will know that you have been loved right into the heart of God.
O God, the well of silence is so deep, and I hesitate to drop down into it. Lower me gently and in the quiet grant my heart peace.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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