Sunday, December 04, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: An Expectant Silence

“[Holy silence consists of] that brazen expectation [of hearing the voice of God] . . ."

Scott Russell Sanders, The Force of Spirit (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2000), 155.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: A Guiding Silence

"God is above all the God of the normal. In the common facts and circumstances of life, He draws near to us, quietly. He teaches us in the routine of life’s trifles, gently and unnoticed His guidance comes to us through the channels of ‘reason [and] judgment.’ . . . [W]e have been taught by Him when we least suspected it; we have been guided . . . though the guiding hand rested upon us so lightly that we were unaware of its touch."

William Littleboy, quoted in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends, #82.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: Silence = Communion?

“In silence, without rite or symbol, we have known the Spirit of Christ so convincingly present . . . [that] this is our Eucharist and our Communion.”

London Yearly Meeting, 1928, quoted in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends, #241.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: Silence -- A Living Experience

"The inward way of the Spirit is believed not to be dependent upon outward rites, ceremonies, or liturgical aids to worship, but it is maintained that 'the presence of Christ in the midst' can be a living experience for all who open themselves to the Spirit of God. This openness and living experience is achieved through silence."

Wilmer Cooper, Friends and the Sacraments (Richmond, IN: Friends United Press, 1981)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: Silence -- The Language of God

“The less form in religion the better, since God is a Spirit; . . . the more silent, the more suitable to the language of a Spirit.”

William Penn, quoted in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends, #227.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: All Silences Are NOT Alike!

“Outwardly, all silences seem alike, as all minutes are alike by the clock. But inwardly the Divine Leader of worship directs us . . . and may in the silence bring an inward climax which is as definite as the climax of the Mass when the host is elevated in adoration.”

Thomas Kelly, quoted in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends, #245.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Silence in a Noisy Season: Sacramental Silence

“[Silence] may be an intensified pause, a vitalized hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of mutual and reciprocal correspondence with God. The actual meeting of man with God and God with man is the very crown and culmination of what we can do with our human life here on earth.”

Rufus Jones, quoted in Christian Faith and Practice in the Experience of the Society of Friends (London: London Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 1960), #244