Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 16, 2015

1 Kings 9:11-13

He said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?

Silent Voice

Wrapped in a mantle
of silence the prophet
stands humble to hear
the Silent Voice, Being
speaking to inmost being
where truth is known
and the heart hears
what it needs to live
and love, to move and act
knowing for what it is sent.

Wind and fire, storm and
thunder, trembling earth
shake our certainties,
reminding once more
we are for a time only
in this place before we
pass, but for all their fury
these do not close our
mouths and turn us inward
to hear the Voice who
spoke us into being.

In blessed silence
we hear you beyond the
world’s clamor and storm’s
fearsome roar, Deep calling
to deep reminding us that
you want us to hear and
know … you, knowing, too,
the sweet tears that come
only when soul’s depth
is touched.

And these tears?
Joy, each the joy
of knowing you 
want me … that I am 
not and never alone, 
that you who speak 
in silence hunger
to be known by me, 
needing me, too,
for holy purpose
known only in silence
where you speak, sending
me­--uncertain, halting,
wounded and longing--
back into the clamor …
knowing you,
O, Silent Voice,
the Love who speaks
as I lie in the silent darkness.

Pr. David L. Miller

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