Friday, February 16, 2018


What a strange power there is in silence!
Says the Greek proverb, "speech is silver, silence is gold." 
It is a remarkable and very instructive fact that many of the most important operations of nature are carried on in unbroken silence. There is no rushing sound when the broad tide of sunlight breaks on a dark world and floods it with glory, as one bright wave after another falls from the mountain. The great trees bring forth their boughs and shelter the earth beneath them -- the plants cover themselves with buds, and the buds burst into flowers, but the whole transformation is unheard. The mightiest worker in the universe is the most unobtrusive. The grandest operations, both in nature and in grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. Not the least impressive scenes of Christ, before his enemies were those when he answered them not a word. The heaviest grief is borne in silence; the deepest love flows through the eye and touch; the purest joy is unspeakable, the most impressive prayer is silent prayer; and the most solemn preacher at a funeral is the silent one, whose lips are cold.

It is a great art in the Christian life to be silent. It is often easier to do than to suffer the will of God. 

The voice of wisdom cries, "Be still, and know that I am God."
Arthur Benson. 

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