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In which I enter a bit of silence

From Psalm 65:1-2:

Silence is praise to you, Zion-dwelling God, And also obedience.

You hear the prayer in it all.

silence

 

It’s time for a bit of silence.

The noise level in my head (and in my heart) is a bit high,

loud and cluttered.

 I need to make room for the white space in the margins of my life,

for the light to break through.

The older I get, the more I realize that Mary Oliver told the truth:

the only life we can save is our own.

And no one else can make it happen,

so this is me telling my own self:

you need a rest, you need a break, you need quiet.

You’re rather tired, woman.

(Maybe because something is brewing, and

maybe because nothing is brewing, but I can’t deny

how much the thought of silence scares me and exhilarates me)

The quiet winter times of retreat are an oasis

of relief and new life when we walk with Jesus.

In a few days, or maybe a few weeks, I’ll be back,

I imagine.

In the meantime,

may God bless you and keep you, may

He make his face shine upon you, and give you

peace.

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  • http://denisehotze.com/ Denise Hotze

    may your time of silence bring you reminders of you how very loved you are. peace of Christ to you.

  • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

    Wise lady. X

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=646116619 Juanita Dueck

    I know how this feels. And yes, maybe it is wisdom earned with years or children, or both. But it’s necessary. Have a wonderful rest my friend. Enjoy the white spaces , the tall spruce and pine trees and breathe in that fresh Pacific air! I look forward to your return…whenever that may be.

  • http://www.kellyjyoungblood.com/ Kelly J Youngblood

    I’ve been spending this month meditating on Psalm 62:1 (or 5). “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” As you know, when you have kids, silence is hard to come by! Hope yours is peaceful and hope-filled.

  • Emily Wilson

    Beautiful.
    Silence (besides the kind in Doctor Who) is a magical thing. I sometimes find it hard to enter into but incredibly rewarding once there.

  • Susan

    <3

  • JennaDeWitt

    I find it fitting that one of the “You May Also Like” links is “In which I will not be silenced.” Silence is something that must be willingly entered into. Like love, it must be freely given in order to be true to its meaning and purpose. I know the types of silence you are writing about in these two posts are radically different, but their common word says volumes (pun intended) to me about the value and process of speaking out and stepping back for Sabbath. :)

  • http://www.jamesprescott.co.uk/ James Prescott

    Sarah, thanks for sharing this. Was thinking myself how noisy things can get in my head. I’ve recently had a crisis o confidence in writing, and felt empty. Sometimes I wonder whether I need to have a complete cut off – from writing, blogging and social media. It would be so hard, as I would get worried about losing readers, and miss relationships I have online. But part of me thinks I really need to quiet my soul.

    I know having a break from blogging last year did really refresh me – I took two months off from blogging last year (though I did write), and it did refresh me to a degree. I’m not sure I need to do that again, but I do certainly need to manage my time better, and include more silence within that. I’ve always wanted to try and have a regular digital sabbath once a week – but even this is hard. Maybe this is where I need to begin.

    Another helpful, challenging and insightful post Sarah. Your writing always blesses me, as it does many others. I pray you have a really blessed and rewarding silence, and hear from God in this space.

  • http://www.creeksideministries.blogspot.com/ Linda Stoll

    ‘in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength’
    - Isaiah 30:15

  • KQ

    I have no idea how I ended up here, but this is where I needed to be. Thank you, and a blessed silence/Lent to you.

  • Susan

    White space is such a blessing. a wise decision for sure. Be blessed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.trzcinskicooper Sandy Trzcinski Cooper

    I am always so refreshed and encouraged to see bloggers step away from the screen for awhile. I think it’s healthy and necessary. Happy break, Sarah.

  • http://annieathome.com/ Annie Barnett

    Enjoy, Sarah.

  • http://twitter.com/byzcathwife priest’s wife

    enjoy your quiet time…

  • Joy Lenton

    “May His face shine upon you, and give you peace”, Sarah. May this be a time of rest, recuperation, refreshment and letting God hold you in His loving embrace. You’re wise to see the need and to take the break :) x

  • http://twitter.com/KellyW2010 KellyW2010

    And even in silence (or especially in silence?) He speaks through you

    What I watched immediately prior to seeing this page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs

    And rereading: http://askthatquestion.blogspot.ca/2012/10/where-is-white-space.html
    Thanks…

  • http://twitter.com/EstherEmery Esther Emery

    Well, now I know how much I would miss you, if you ever took a break. Probably an unhealthy dependence, lol. Enjoy your silence, wise woman.

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