What does God think of silence

The power of silence

Daily devotion in these times

Well-filled pews, organ music, sometimes trumpets and trombones, choirs sing. I sit in the middle, listen to the sermons, sing the old and sometimes the new hymns and pray with others. After the service we chat together, maybe have a cup of coffee or tea.

05/15/2020ts article: Download PDFPrintShareFeedback

Author: Traudi Schlitt

Category: Altenburg Eifa, prayer sermon Sunday word

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8 weeks later: Call to the community center: "... I would like to reserve a place for the upcoming service on Sunday". "Yes, we still have a few places available. Which seat would you like? ”“ Seventh bench, back left ”,“ Have we made a note, please tell us your address and telephone number, bring your own hymn book and a face mask and remember, singing loudly is forbidden. "

Shouldn't God know us when we go to church? But the Bible says that he knows us all! Or should we communicate with God over the phone now? Is he writing to me because he wants to know my address? How does that work?

Change of location: I am sitting in our little church, took a thick cushion with me and sat down on a chair. No music, no sermon, no final blessing. No chat, no coffee afterwards. Silence. Just silence. But not an eerie silence. Pleasant silence.

I remember and discover the voice of God in a spiritual impulse from Sören Kierkegaard:

As my prayer got more and more devout
I had less and less to say.
At last I became very still.

I became, which is possibly even more of a contrast to talking,
I became a hearer.

At first I thought that praying was talking.
But I learned that prayer is not just silence, it is listening.

That's the way it is:
Prayer doesn't mean hearing yourself speak.
To pray means:
be still and be still and wait
until the praying hears God.

Dear readers, there is a famous Jesus Logion that reads: “If you want to pray, go to your room.” That means, especially in these times of crisis, I believe that there are very, very good opportunities to celebrate worship: That can be neighborly help, the silent prayer. And there will also come times when worship can be celebrated differently again.

I can very well understand all those for whom a very difficult time has dawned in this crisis. In particular, I don't want to name these people. We see her on the news every day. To think of silence of peace and quiet now is a farce for most of us in this crisis. But right now you should know that there are very many people who intercede with those who are particularly hard hit in this crisis.

I recently heard the sentence: “In a crisis you can see your true character”. Yes, many now think of the "toilet paper hamster buyers" or the shareholders who do not want to forego their dividends. No, I think of the people who get involved, who help, who take care of, who are just there. An unprecedented willingness to help has masked our country. And what strikes me particularly, there are people I have never seen in our churches.

At this point I recognize the Bible passage in John 3:89: "The wind blows where it wants" The Spirit of God works everywhere. He can use anyone to carry out God's purposes. And it's not just the ones who go to church on Sunday. It is all who quietly pray to our God, who acknowledge him as our Lord and Creator. And of that, I am certain, there are many people.

Perhaps now has come a time to rethink. Also for our churches.

Hopefully there will be no more “keep it up…”. Perhaps right now a slow dismantling will cause something “living” to emerge from underneath? God is silent about it. Silence is God's mother tongue. Man does not always have to respond to the presence of God with speech. A simple silent prayer, an intercession, a thank you, also to our politicians, without big sayings, that would be good.

Let us pray in silence that God will give us strength and confidence in this difficult time, then we can soon thank our God again with trumpets and trumpets (of course also with loud singing). And maybe this pandemic can transform an entire society and bring it closer to other values.

I would like to close with a prayer by Romano Guardini:

I keep receiving myself from your hand.
This is my truth and my joy.
Your eye keeps looking at me
and I live from your gaze
you my creator and my salvation.
Teach me in the silence of your presence
to understand the secret that I am.
And that I am through you and before you and for you.

Amen