Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Gospel Starts as Silence

Before the Gospel is a word, it is silence. It is the silence of their own lives and of his life. It is life with the sound turned off so that for a moment or two you can experience it not in terms of the words you make it bearable by but for the unutterable mystery that it is. Let him say, 'Be silent and know that I am God, saith the Lord' (Ps. 46.10). Be silent and know that even by my silence and absence I am known. Be silent and listen to the stones cry out.
-Frederick Buechner, "Telling the truth: The Gospel as tragedy, comedy and fairy tale"

The chapter I'm reading from "The Rest of God" also focused on silence and listening. Perhaps I should be learning something here...

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