Listen to the Silence

The one who is high and lifted up,
    who lives forever, whose name is holy, says:
I live on high, in holiness,
    and also with the crushed and the lowly,
    reviving the spirit of the lowly,
    reviving the heart of those who have been crushed.

Isaiah 57:15

Take the six letters that make up the words “silent” and “listen.” What do you notice about these letters? Pause for a moment without reading on…Just look at these two words. They have the same letters in them! If you are to listen, then you must become silent. To listen to the silence is in faith is to become aware that you are in the presence of God—simply sitting quietly in the silence, being aware of God’s loving presence to you.

Read this chapter of Isaiah from the point of view of this kind of listening. Look how the people of this chapter were being busy about worshiping false god in worthless sanctuaries. They violated the First Commandant. When this happens all the others fall down like a bunch of dominoes!

Again the Advent message: Listen to the silence—God is speaking to your heart.

 Isaiah 57

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Contrite and humble within v. 15
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the Second Week in Advent
Winter in the north.  Year C
Monday are dedicated in this season to the prophet Isaiah

Seasons of Grace – A Calendar for 2019

Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet.  More information…