At the Jan. 19/14 worship service at Wolf Creek Community Church, we talked about the importance of solitude and silence. As difficult as it may be to take solitude, I think most people understand the importance of spending some time alone with the Lord. But the idea of practicing silence during that time of solitude may be foreign. But as Henri Nouwen explains: “Silence is the way to make solitude a reality.” (The Way of the Heart, 43)
At any rate, the following prayer by John Hammond speaks wisely of silence, and even more helps us to get there. So, I invite you to pray it this week, and see what happens. Enjoy your solitude and silence!
The wise tell us that God abides
that God speaks in the silent serenity
of the heart.
Let us not speak of silence;
rather, let silence speak to us
Let us enter through the door of serenity,
the silence of our heart
The chatter of our fears, our angers, our anxiety–
the chatter of our desires and curiosity,
of our projected plans and unfinished work–
falls away in serenity
and makes space,
for a new heart
created in the silence of prayer,
created in the prayer of silence . . .
a heart that is free,
peaceful, quiet and calm
a heart that is one . . .
a heart so large and wide
that it embraces the God of all
and the all of God,
the God who is silence speaks all languages,
the God who is silence speaks in all creatures,
the God who is silence speaks one word,
the God who speaks of Love.
—John Hammond O.S.B.