Re-posted from: Community of Christ – Lenten Practices
Practicing silence reminds us that relationship with God is a mutual, reciprocal act. In silence, we take the time to really listen and be present with God without words. Often, our most profound spiritual experiences cannot be fully described. Likewise, we know that in times of distress (Romans 8) the spirit prays for us hearing the groans of our hearts that are too deep for words. Intentional time in silence allows us be fully present with God without the confines of language. As we enter Holy Week, the full implication of discipleship brings with it a weighted hush. There are moments when words are inadequate and our most faithful response is to stand humbly before the mystery.
Hymn for Reflection“Come, Let Us Dwell” CCS 173
Find a place free from noise or distractions.
- Practicing silence may be difficult at first. The mind may run wild, and centering in God’s presence could take some spiritual exertion! Allow yourself grace in this practice and the ability to slowly ease into longer periods of silent reflection. Perhaps you begin in silence for 5–10 minutes, and then write in a journal or pray about your experience.
- Breathe deeply. Focusing on each breath in and out can help quiet the mind and center you in God’s Spirit.
- Become aware of your surroundings, notice how the air feels on your skin, trust that you are in the presence of the holy—completely surrounding and embracing you.
- Don’t expect that God will speak to you in a certain way. Just open yourself to what is. Allow your inner dialogue to cease for a while, being fully present with the one who is fully present with you.
- After a period of silence, offer a prayer of gratitude for God’s constant presence whether fully aware of it or not. Pray that you may continue to draw closer to God and discover what God is saying and doing within you.
Questions for Reflection
- How does it feel to be present with God in silence? Was this natural or difficult at first?
- In the silence, did you discover something new about yourself? Your relationship with God?
- Preparing to experience new life in Christ, what are some things that leave you speechless?