Thursday, 17 November 2011

Shush and be silent

Whilst reading an article in The Times by John Naish, "How Quaker-inspired silence can revitalise your school assembly", a quote by the headteacher featured said, "People who visit the school are amazed. The idea of getting a load of 15 to 16-year-olds, for example, to sit contentedly in total silence nowadays is beyond many people's comprehension. Ofsted were blown away by it". So was I, that is blown away then slightly sceptical that kids could sit this long without making a noise or pushing and shoving each other. But then realised that was what I would have done at that age, which is not always a true representation of how every child is.

Thinking about it now, I find it hard to sit quiet that long. So maybe that other thought could be inspired from this. What if we remained silent more, listened more and stopped wanting to fill the silence with noise, so that we would feel something has been said. Imparted my so called words of wisdom on the world, when in reality to be silent, would have been more powerful. Rather than provoking myself to put something out there. Can silence in ourselves have a positive impact in others? Remember when Jesus silenced the wind there was calm! (Mark 4:39)

In the Quaker tradition people would sit in complete silence until someone felt led by the Holy Spirit to speak. How many times in prays or worship do we just sit in silence and wait to be Spirit led? Me personally, not sure, sometimes I feel the need to fill the space. After all, prays and worship wouldn't be just that if we were completely silent, right? After all how would God hear us? Does He not know what is on our hearts (2 Chron 6:30)?

Okay I am not saying that we shouldn't speak but how much do we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us?


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