Hope :: A Different Kind of Silence

After the snow storm at my mom’s house in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Listen here!

Okay, apparently my computer reads my mind now, and it kind of creeped me out! As I sat down to write today’s blog post, I couldn’t figure out where to start. Then I remembered last week’s post and how I wanted to expand on the gift of silence. As soon as that thought hit me, I dropped my keyboard and my computer started playing last week’s recording! Mind you, I didn’t even touch the computer!

Anyway, that just gives me more confirmation that it’s what I should be writing about today.

So, last week I talked about how we all need to take some time to sit in silence.

This week, I want to talk about silence in a different way. It’s the same thing, but in a different environment.

In the Bible, there’s a book about a man named Job. Satan attacks every aspect of his life and takes everything from him: his children, his wealth, his health. His friends come to him and give him some really bad advice, but before they ever speak a word, they sit with him in silence for several days.

I don’t know about you, but when a friend of mine is grieving and/or in pain, I want to help. I want to give comfort and share words. Usually, I don’t know what to say, but I feel like I have to say something. Anything.

Usually, when I interrupt the silence with my words, they might not be hurtful, but rarely are they helpful.

Sometimes, we need to simply sit in silence with our friends. Sometimes, we need to let them speak. We don’t need to give them advice or tell our own stories so they know we understand. Instead, we need to just be quiet and either let them be silent or listen to them speak.

Either way, our words are not necessary.

There is something about simply being present that brings more peace than any words or actions could ever achieve.

Be present. Listen. Be silent. Just be.

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