June 12, 2020

Today’s reading from the first book of Kings relates, in part, the story of God’s message to the prophet Elijah. He is to fight for renewal of the chosen people’s covenant spirituality as revealed to them by Moses. Elijah had defeated the prophets of Baal and, fearing for his life, flees to the desert. In prayer, Elijah surrenders his life to God and falls asleep under a broom tree. He is visited by an angel who leads him forty days and nights through the desert to Mount Horeb (Sinai). There, Elijah comes to a cave where he takes shelter. …Then the Lord said, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will be passing by” (1 Kings 19:11).

Like Moses (see Exodus 20:18), Elijah, while listening for the word of God, witnessed three divine manifestations of the power of God: “strong and heavy winds rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord; an earthquake; and fire.” He did not hear God in the noise. Instead…“After the fire, there was a tiny whispering sound.” Here we learn the wisdom of how God communicates to us.

Silence is the first language of God, a listening experience that goes beyond the mere absence of word or gesture to an intuitive sense of presence and calm. We live now during a time of “social distancing” with its gifts of additional solitude, quiet and calm, that foster ability to hear the subtle and unheard whispered messages of God’s voice. In silence, our relationship with God is evolving to a place of encounter and surrender that surpasses thought, word, or meaning, to being “in the heart” of the beloved.

In what ways can we “tune out” the noise of the winds, storms, and fires in our lives to listen to the silence of God?

Let Us Pray:

One thing I have asked of Love, that I shall ever seek, that I might dwell in the heart of Love all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of my Beloved, and to know Love’s Plan. For I shall hide in Love’s heart in the day of trouble as in a tent in the desert, away from the noise of my fears. And I shall rise above my struggles, my pain, shouting blessings of gratitude in Love’s heart. Amen. (Excerpt from today’s Psalm 27—From Psalms For Praying, by Nan C. Merrill)


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About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.