Speaking of silence

December 10, 2010 — Leave a comment

Two from God on Mute:

Engaging the Silence

first
there is
prayer
and where there is prayer
there may be
miracles
but where miracles may not be
there are
questions
and where there are questions
there may be
silence
but silence may be
more than
absence
silence
may be presence
muted
silence
may not be nothing but
something
to explore
defy accuse
engage
and
this is
prayer
and where this is prayer
there may yet be
miracles

Peter Grieg

***

Sometimes we wonder why these prayers are not being answered,
and well-meaning people tell us deep things about prayer not being a slot machine
or about the transforming inner power of contemplative prayer
or about fasting, spiritual warfare and the importance of gratitude.
We nod and say “aha, that’s really helpful,”
but our prayer lives continue to be a staccato succession of yells and groans
like a man falling downstairs.

Peter Grieg

This Week’s Special
In Him was life,
and the life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

John 1:4

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