Monday, April 15: Trust It:Silence
Given April 15th is a day of gloom for most US taxpayers, and also given that Mondays are often not accepted with parades and fanfare, today’s Lenten challenge might actually be a welcome assistant to the day. Today’s challenge?Silence.
Silence is an important part of Faith discipline. While there are many times that we need to speak or engaged in activities that create noise, there
are also times that we need to be able to experience silence. Silence (and vows of silence) are among the earliest of the Christian disciplines, dating
back well into the 3rd Century AD as a way to connect with God on a more intimate level.
Our words are important.But when we are talking, we aren’t listening - and we should always be listening for God’s voice. Yes, sometimes God shouts.
But other times, God is heard best from the softest whisper of wind. If we pay attention to the silence, we can hear the source of the wind, whether
it is rattle of the leaves, the fan motor in the air conditioner, or the breath of life in our lungs.
Silence can teach us many things. It is doubtful that many of us can achieve complete silence today. That is not the goal of this challenge.
Rather, on this first challenge of Holy week, we are challenged to honor God by our silence.
“Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.” (Mark 1:35, CEB).