A friend gave me the following words on silence. I don’t know who wrote it, but here’s how it goes:
“How is it possible to reach inner silence? Sometimes we are apparently silent and yet we have great discussions within, struggling with imaginary partners or with ourselves. Calming our souls requires a kind of simplicity. Silence means recognising that my worries can’t do much. Silence means leaving to God what is beyond my reach and capacity. A moment of silence, even very short, is like a holy stop, a sabbatical rest, a truce of worries.”
The writer of these words went on to tell the story of Jesus and his friends, out at sea, caught in the middle of a heavy storm. Waves crashing, the boat tipping, water pouring in over the sides, Jesus sleeping and his friends seeing images of life flashing in front of their eyes.
But then Jesus spoke and silence followed...
Whatever is going on that troubles your soul and keeps you from (re)connecting with the Silent Peaceful One, when Jesus speaks, a great calm follows.