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Practicing Silence

Today’s Reflection

PRACTICING SILENCE is like climbing into the lap of God, resting against God’s breast, becoming one with God’s heartbeat. … As you begin to practice silence, remember these aspects:

  • Don’t worry about doing it right. There are several approaches; the key is to try one and stick with it. Be gentle on yourself when the going gets rough.
  • Don’t judge your thoughts. When we judge our thoughts or get angry and frustrated by distractions, that’s just more thinking pulling us out of the silence. Instead, simply let go of the thoughts by returning attention to the prayer word.

Don’t neglect a “where” and “when.” If you are going to practice silent resting in God, you need to have a clearly designated time and place. Establishing these is a key step to beginning and continuing the practice.

– L. Roger Owens

From page 67 of What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality by L. Roger Owens. Copyright © 2015 L. Roger Owens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is intentional silence a part of your faith practice? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

Luke 13:24, NRSV

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This week we remember: Martin Luther (February 16).

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling February 20, 2016, 2:10 am

    Yes, I do silent retreat and every day I like to be silent for a few hours. It is a good balance for me because at work, the noise level of the students can be quite bad.

    Thank you Father God for time to be silent so that we can seek your guidance and reflect.

  • robert moeller February 20, 2016, 3:55 am

    Most days my quiet time begins early in the morning. There is little noise, an appliance hums, a car goes by, rain falls, but mostly it is very quiet. Thoughts whir in my head, that’s where the noise is. I wish I could stop them and concentrate on God. It seems to take an enormous effort, focus. Have to keep trying.

    Thank You, Lord for the Lenten service, music, and lunch, for a new handicapped sticker, for men’s communion breakfast ingredients, eyeglasses fixed, a restful afternoon, and nice soup for supper.

    I pray for a safe trip to church this morning, that breakfast is well prepared, and our phone visit with Warren goes well. Prayers for newly weds, those with surgery upcoming, our families, and God’s wisdom as we make decisions.
    Lord, we need You, help us always to remember that truth. Thank You, Lord, for Your love that sustains us. In Your name, I pray, Lord. Amen.

  • Jill February 20, 2016, 5:05 am

    Silence is an essential part of my morning. The fighting for stillness in my mind has lessened a bit – but it still can rear its ugly head. I drift in and out of prayer, hymns and songs playing in my heart, and time spent just concentrating on one of many photographs on my wall. Thinking about the silence (or calming sounds) that I have experienced in those places. Father – thank You for always being there when I join You in those moments.
    Grateful that the wind storm did not knock out my power last evening. Grateful that a situation at school yesterday (drug bust) was handled securely and we were only in lockdown for about a half hour. Grateful for the simplicity of looking at an old photograph of my god son – and the warm memories that are evoked.

  • Rusty February 20, 2016, 6:03 am

    I am silent many hours each day because of the type of work I do. I read a good deal both for my profession and otherwise. I am silent in quiet places praying during the day, as well, but I do not deliberately practice silence as a prayer discipline in itself. Probably should.

  • Sara February 20, 2016, 8:38 am

    Silent time is in the morning and before retiring at night. However, to just sit and be silent without reading or praying is a challenge for me. I always feel I have this or that to do. Lord, teach me to realize that taking time to sit in Your presence is very worthwhile.

    Prayers for newlyweds today as they go about their day. Prayers also for those with health issues and facing upcoming surgery. Give them Your peace and comfort while waiting for results.

    May all have a blessed and wonderful Saturday.

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