In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in the “much-ness” and “manyness,” he will rest satisfied…If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation. In their writings all the masters of meditation beckon us to be pioneers in the frontier of the Spirit. Though is may sound strange to modern ears, we should without shame enroll as apprentices in the school of contemplative prayer. (p16)…Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word. It is that simple. I wish I could make it more complicated for those who like things difficult.
I'm a fan of silence. I'm a fan of the quiet. I'm a fan of the Story of Samuel and Gods whisper to his name. I'm even more of a fan of how Elijah ran, sought, and found God in the silence. At the end of the day, no other voice can sooth or calm then the Silence of God
(and I'm a firm believer Silence is of God).
I want to add a new twist however, and it's something I've been practicing of late. Vocality. Not just any type of vocality, but vocality of scripture.
We read, we process, we meditate in silence. All of which are powerful and good (some are even MORE Christian and journal, and of course us bloggers are seated at the left hand of Gabriel). Vocality of scripture (reading scripture aloud) has this sense of proclamation. Recently I've been seeking Gods face for direction for raising, and heading up my family. I went to James chapter 5 today and began reading aloud how we as a family would not:
-Long for riches
-Be patient in times of trouble or trials
-And that we would be a praying house of faith.
Then, I meditated...In the beautiful Language of Silence..I believe silence is a language God speaks fluently, and those who seek him in the silence, understand this language.
Vocality ensures the dialect is the same.
Give it a shot.
Bella principal: (modus operandi)
Find your "prayer theme"
Read your scripture aloud (preferably alone, or with your spouse)
Meditate in silence
*(thanks Ben Reed for challenging me to keep writing)