Encouragement for the Journey 14 September 2014

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Encouragement for the Journey 14 September 2014

Encouragement for the Journey

Journey

Greetings Fellow Traveller,

 Welcome to another Quiet Service, our theme today is silence, in particular inner silence. I am delighted that members of our Come to Quiet group have been involved in the planning for this service and are also sharing in it, Thank you to the group for journeying with me.

I am sure you have been in a place in which silence was present, maybe you have entered a great medevial cathedral, or walked in the bush, or you have come home from a busy and noisy trip to the mall. There and then the exterior silence of that place bathes you in its nurturing presence. We can be in these silent places and yet, within us, there is the constant chatter of our mind. The outer silence is uanble to nurture us because we have not stilled the inner noise. There are different ways to come to this place of inner quiet. Today, we offer you the way of centering prayer. May this service offer you an experience of inner silence to meet with your God. Enjoy these words from Madeleine L’Engle:

Ready for Silence

Then hear now the silence
He comes in the silence
in silence he enters
the womb of the bearer
in silence he goes to
the realm of the shadows
redeeming and shriving
in silence he moves from
the grave cloths, the dark tomb
in silence he rises
ascends to the glory
leaving his promise
leaving his comfort
leaving his silence

So come now, Lord Jesus
Come in your silence
breaking our noising
laughter of panic
breaking this earth’s time
breaking us breaking us
quickly Lord Jesus
make no long tarrying

When will you come
and how will you come
and will we be ready
for silence
your silence

 

Meanwhile Peace

Alf