True Silence

True Silence August 16, 2012

 

Silence,

true silence

Is not just about the absence of sound.

 

That, in fact, is hard,

If not impossible

To attain.

 

It is about the silence of the heart,

A laying to rest,

Of self absorption

And justification —

 

Of malice

And hubris —

Of the constant chatter

We suppose is grand,

 

Framing our claims

To virtue,

Independence,

Superiority,

And control.

 

It is a silence

That listens

For The Voice

Above all other voices —

 

A voice not of our own making

Or even of our best selves —

 

That speaks

Of purposes

And dimensions

That lay in Eden’s cradle,

 

Making claims on us

That cannot be captured

By schemes

Or designs

Born of our impoverished imagination

 

It is a silence

Filled with love,

But fierce

In its demands —

 

Heard only with time

And attention,

Born of humility

And the passion to hear.

"I can't count the number of times I've turned to "The Dave Test" since the ..."

What can I do when others ..."
"But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be ..."

Religious Spirituality
"Picking up for UM Insight. Thanks!"

A Prayer for the Fourth of ..."
"Church is tedious; I'm glad it's shrinking and that young people are leaving it."

A Prayer for the Fourth of ..."

Browse Our Archives



TRENDING AT PATHEOS Progressive Christian
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment