Advent Week One – Listening

The weeks before Christmas can be busy and noisy.  There are moments and places where silence is a gift, like the quiet of a city street or country lane after a fall of snow.

Prayer does not begin, or end, with words.  It starts in stillness and finds its fullest expression in silence.

As we are silent, we learn to listen.  We discover how to pay attention to what is going on within us and to what is happening around us.  Listening to your heart and to the world begins to enable you to listen to God. You might only hear him faintly, but as you do so you can catch his whisper of love.

Elijah, the prophet, was fed up and angry.  He walked 400 miles complaining to God that everyone else had given up and abandoned him.  God waited until Elijah had finished and was quiet and then God spoke; not in a violent wind, or an earthquake or a raging fire, but in a breath of silence.

Now there was a great wind, 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.

Where this week can you find a moment of silence?  As you pray this week, pray with open ears, to listen to God’s whisper.
Read 1 Kings 19.1-12