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1 Kings 19:11-13

After the earthquake [there was] a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.


From Carrell Jamilano (California)


As  young girl, I expected God’s voice to come booming from parted clouds.  But when it never happened, I just assumed that God did not care about me.  Today’s reading, however, reminds us that God often speaks to us not in earth-shattering ways but in stillness and quiet.  It was through “a sound of sheer silence” that Elijah heard God’s voice.

When my grandmother passed away, I could not stop crying.  Wishing to be alone, I hiked up a mountain close to where I lived.  I sat on a rock, a distance away from the main trail and the distractions of modern life.  There, I just let the tears flow.  In that time of grief, I knew that God was near.  In the silence, God comforted me through the warmth of the sun.  In the silence, God renewed me with the coolness of the wind, and in the silence, I sensed God saying, “You are not alone.  This is not the end.  You will see her again.  I love you.”

In the silence, God’s voice becomes clear.  God wants to show love for us – to respond to our struggles, joys, frustrations, dreams, and all that is in our hearts.  In the silence, God speaks.


Prayer:  Dear  God, help us to quiet our hearts so that we may hear you more clearly.  Amen.


From “The Upper Room” where the world meets to pray