Tuesdevo: This Side of Silence

A couple Sundays ago we recalled God’s question to Job: Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? (Job 38:4.) The loudest noise that ever happened – the “big bang” of creation – occurred in silence. No one other than God was around.

Thirty-eight years ago, Morton Kelsey wrote his classic book, “The Other Side of Silence”. While acknowledging the value of reading and studying the great mystics of the church, Kelsey was more concerned with the “inner realm” that is available to all of us. Our lives are often caught up with materialism. What about the realm of the Spirit? The “inner world” of the soul?

Kelsey says the way to that world is through silence – through meditation. Why is silence so important? One blogger responds to that question this way: Silence strips us of all self-indulgence, self-righteousness, and self-promotion. There is no hypocrisy or double-mindedness in silence.

Stripped of all self-indulgence, self-righteousness, self-promotion, there is more room for the Spirit to speak to us.

No matter how busy we are, all of us live just this side of silence. “Be still, and know that I am God.”

See if you can find the line between yourself and the other side of silence today. And perhaps take a few moments to slip over it … see what you can find there.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.