Dearly Beloved,
Grace and Peace to you.

         There was a great wind…
                  but the Lord was not in the wind;
         and after the wind an earthquake,
                  but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
         and after the earthquake a fire,
                  but the Lord was not in the fire;
         and after the fire
                  a sound of sheer silence.

                  —1kings 19.11-12

Not lack of words
but God’s native tongue.
Even “Light” and “Firmament”
are silent.

The root the world comes from:
silence is to the universe
what music is to the song.

The sound of listening,
the impossibility of containment,
the presence beyond understanding.

Silence is the lover;
words are the clothes.

“In the meadow beyond words and ideas…”
Prayer is allowing yourself
to be taken up by the Silence.

Silence is the body of God.

The world is held in silence
like a pebble in your hand.

What God says.
Even you are a metaphor.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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