Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Reflection: Silence and Miracles (23 Sept 2008)

There are moments when one must simply fall silent in the presence of God:
The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him (Hab 2:20), Habakkuk tells us, and if we are wise we listen – to the prophet and to his God.

Sunday was such a day. There was no sermon. For days before we had waited in silence – knowing God was in his holy temple – we had waited in silence for him to speak. Then, with fear and trembling we opened his word, praying that Jesus would be known to us in Scripture and the breaking of the bread. We listened: to the Word of God in the words of Scripture, to the Word of God in the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts, to the Word of God in the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. And God spoke: words of love, words of healing, words of forgiveness, words of resurrection. A miracle occurred at Trinity Church Sunday – a miracle no less than the raising of Lazarus or the healing of the crippled woman bound by Satan those eighteen years (Luke 13).

Paul spoke very little of his heavenly visions; I will speak but little here of what we saw and heard and felt. Those who were there that day know, and that is enough.

To the One who was and who is and who is to come, the Almighty, be glory and honor now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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