7th November

The following reflection from Premier Christian Media is based on Isaiah 30:15 and the needpray-for-mercy to cultivate silence in our lives: “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.’”

The author Dr Micha Jazz writes about the end of his silent retreat.

After just a few days of maintaining, for the most part, the discipline of silence and stillness, I left Aylesford and travelled by train back home. I was completely unprepared for the intensity of noise I returned to. These were the simple sounds of everyday life that I’d been separated from for just five days. As I re-engaged with the world, the sounds assaulted every one of my senses. I was distressed and struggled to hold back my internalised criticism of everyone and everything that now bombarded me with sound.

Of course, I very quickly readjusted. Yet, it was not lost on me that I had experienced something very different throughout my retreat. I had become conscious of the sound of God within, of the natural sounds that filled the silence as I waited upon God.

Not only did the noises on the train overwhelm and anger me, they also drew my attention from the source of the silence, God – and how quickly I returned to pursue the many distractions that took hold of my mind.

QUESTION: Where can you go to find silence to pray and consider God?

PRAYER: Lord, may I know your voice as a sheep knows the voice of its shepherd.