Silence is nice in church. It can be very comforting and refreshing And it opens up space enough for us to hear the Spirit whisper our name.
But do you rely on church to provide silence for you because you don’t know how to quiet your own soul?
Here’s a start: get up early. Turn off the TV, the music, the cell phone, the computer. Go somewhere private… and wait. Just wait. Then, do it again tomorrow. And the next day. Do it until the silence seeps into your soul and it begins to well up inside you and drowns out the noise in your life.
Then instead of cravenly consuming as much quiet as your local church can manufacture for you, silence becomes instead a celebration of God’s daily presence in the midst of a noise-addicted world.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (John 14)