Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Why do I avoid silence?


A rather haunting image of 'Silence'
by John Henry Fuseli (1741-1825) 

Dear God,

Speak gently in my silence.
When the loud outer noises of my surroundings
and the loud inner noises of my fears
keep pulling me away from you.
Give me ears to listen to your small, soft, voice saying:

'Come to me, you who are overburdended 
and I will give you rest...
for I am gentle and humble of heart.'

Let that loving voice by my guide.


Why do I avoid silence?

From With Open Hands Henri J.M. Nouwen.