When Silence Speaks

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“I don’t like to tell people what to do,” I said at a meeting recently; “but if you feel inclined, take a deep breath in and let yourself feel it …”

These are the days of blogging and Instagram. There really isn’t any such thing anymore as “long distance calls”. Texting takes us right into each other’s pockets. We turn our lives inside out by way of Facebook and wax eloquent – or try to – in 140 characters or less.

“If you wish, you could think about breathing in the presence of God …”

No matter where you turn, the “conversation is always ‘on’ on line where you can always join the discussion …” That’s what Tom Ashbrook tells us every day on his Public Radio Program “On Point”. The talking never stops.

“In your breathing let your mind and spirit arrive here with your body. Just for a moment, let our praying be contained in our breathing.”

Some people don’t like to be told what to do, especially when it comes to how to pray or where to sit in church. And who am I to think I know what anyone should do?

For the few who might actually read this post, not that I am telling you what to do … what if you were to take four or five deep, lasting breaths … and listen. In the time it would take to read three or four more paragraphs of any length, you could just breath, and listen prayerfully to the silence.

(The thing about telling people to breathe is that, even the ones who don’t like to be told what to do will almost certainly comply.)

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.