We talked about silence this evening, and I was intrigued by the idea that silence is ‘something that happens.’
Silence gets used to instil discipline, for example in assemblies at school. In services, it is something we share, hopefully to inspire reverence, dignity and respect, if not to open us up to a sense of awe. It is a precious thing to share in moments with friends, though of course we can feel uncomfortable with it, and want to puncture it with noise.
But sometime silence happens.
You don’t want to say anything, you don’t need to say anything, and sound that’s made gets swallowed by the silence. If you stumble upon it, or enter into it, you can feel the noise petering out and the stillness entering in.
We all need the silence that beckons us to be still and know that God is God. Go and let it happen.