Updated: Apr 1
March 8, 2021
How would your life change if your hearing was compromised? How would your daily activities change? Would you be able to remain in your current profession? Would you lose some of your independence? Could you keep you and your family safe? How would communion with family, friends, and all of God’s creation change?
How would you deal with the quiet, the silence, and the stillness? Like many of you, I sometimes struggle with quietness and stillness. Oftentimes, it is hard to work, sleep or concentrate without some sort of noise in the background to ease the discomfort of the blaring silence.
This past year, many of us experienced a form of hearing loss. When we were asked to “shelter in place,” many familiar sounds that accompany our social, work, and family life, as well as school, church, and charitable activities were compromised in some way or another.
In times such as this, where can we find the comfort we so crave? 1 Kings 19:11 reminds me that while I may seek to find comfort in sounds that may whistle like strong heavy winds, rumble like an earthquake, or crackle like fire, God is found in the tiny whisper.
My Lenten prayer is that while we value our ability to hear, we develop a greater appreciation for silence and become more aware of God’s still and small voice.
These reflections are meant to challenge us on our journey through Lent. Please feel free to share your thoughts and comments with us.