Friday, December 04, 2009

Four - Silence

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right. ~~ Cato the Elder
Learning the restfulness of silence is a new experience for me. Understand I mean not just the absence of speaking or other noise, but calm silence in my being. Tranquility amidst external confusion. In certain situations, silence assures. Strength lives there.

Sometimes one must speak out especially for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Then again, sometimes the noise from opponents is too loud, too chaotic. A wrong threatens to occur and one is powerless to point it out. So occur it does. It is then that silence is a comforting companion because she reminds you that God can work without you, does so everyday. Lay your worry down. It will be all right. Interior quiet is the better choice when expressions of common sense fall on deaf ears.

"Be still and know that I am God."

Trust. Listen.

Sweet surrender.


deanna said...

I am with you there, Cherie, and learning pieces of that quiet lesson, too. Your thoughts each day are warming - thanks for them!

Cherie said...


tshsmom said...

OH, you posted my favorite picture again! I LOVE that soothing.

My daughter taught me the power of silence when dealing with my parents. "Don't engage Mom. Just sit, smile, and nod." It works almost every time.

Cherie said...

Tshs: I purposely put that photo up just for you! Seriously. I know you like it and that it soothes you. My gift to you, friend. I knew you'd remember!

SME is a wise wise woman - wonder where she gets that? Hmmm, I know I know, from her mama and papa.

tshsmom said...

Thank you!