Think the Simon and Garfunkel mega hit of the sixties. Silence has a sound. It is up to us to describe that sound. What do you hear as the sound of silence? Is it eerily strange or quietly cacophonous? What sounds do you consider silent? Take the challenge and make us hear the noise!
Ears to Hear She sits in silence, listening for God to speak. But she hears no one. She sits in darkness, watching for God’s appearance. But she sees nothing. She grasps at the air, trying to feel God’s presence. But she feels nothing. She raises her voice. “Abba! Father! Where are You?” He, soundlessly, speaks. She closes her eyes, absorbing His attention, knowing who He is. Her heart hears His voice in both silence and sound. He gives her ears to hear. She opens her eyes sees Him everywhere, in all He created. The air wraps her up, blankets her in His shelter, fills her lungs with Him. She knows she is His. She sees and hears and feels Him. She knows what she knows. © Marie Elena Good, 2022
CRYSTAL STILLNESS Here amongst the evergreens, a scene I relive every year with the fear this immortality will wear off and folks would scoff at the fat old man in red. It is said that those who believe will receive more than material gains. It is then that the real gift of the season comes through. But I listen, here amongst the pines, and I’m surrounded by a cold silence; a whispered wisp of unthawed thought that soothes this wondering heart. As I start to think of December I remember echoes of the past that blast my memory, and there is no remedy for this reverie. Names and faces are revisited on this mental list that have kissed my spirit and I hear it once more: the arctic air, frigid and frosted, in stillness amongst the evergreens and marks of reindeer paws, in crystal silence, I am Santa Claus. © Walter J Wojtanik – 2022