I look forward to Thursdays when I can publish thoughts on my spiritual journey and hear the thoughts of others on a weekly theme topic. It has become a space for an encouraging and fortifying community to come together. We welcome anyone who would like to join us!
This week's theme topic is MOMENT OF SILENCE.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. - Psalm 62:5
But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. - Habakkuk 2:20
Earlier this week I realized Thursday was fast approaching, and I didn't have any ideas for a theme topic. I was completely blank, so I tweeted out to the Spiritual Journey Thursday community asking for help, and the first reply that resonated with me was Amy Smith's (@JayhawkTN) idea, Moment of Silence.
I had to laugh. That morning, my husband came down to the kitchen and jested, "Hear that?! The sound of silence!" I laughed and told him that my ears were ringing from all the talking over the weekend. I enjoyed all the talking - my mom, mother-in-law, and one of my best friends, Annie, were all in town for the Memorial Day weekend to celebrate a bridal shower given by Libby's "Honorary Aunts" (my best friends). We also celebrated another of my best friend's daughter's high school graduation. There were multiple, large gatherings that involved A LOT of talking, laughing, and overall noise. My husband says we all talk so much that he can't imagine anyone is listening. He might be right!
As much as I loved it ALL, the silence afterward was a welcome relief. I have to admit, I craved it, and a little solitude as well. I tried so hard the whole weekend to stay FOCUSED and to enjoy the moment, the people, and the overwhelming blessings, even though it was filled with preparations, busy-ness, and clean up. I did pretty well - there was a moment during the shower when I stopped to take a deep breath, look around at all the friends and family who had gathered to celebrate Libby and Jamie's marriage, and paused with gratitude before everything passed in a frenzy. Time goes so fast.
I know God loves us all to get together, talk, and have fun, but I also know that He, too, wants our company. When we spend time with Him, He wants us to stop talking all the time and be silent. We can only commune with Him and listen to what He is saying if we're quiet. In the midst of all that is happening in my life right now, I need to take the time to do that.
And when my friends and family gather again, I'm sure my husband would appreciate it if we all talked less and listened more!
I know it's not December, but this is my favorite spiritual song about silence: