Psalm 19: God Declared in Silence

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I’ve been mulling over Psalm 19 all day going back to it via the NIV and The Message. I love it. It’s majestic and wonderful. It’s verses 1-4 that have really grabbed my attention though the whole Psalm pulls together as something beautiful, contrasting silence and word and bringing them together in harmony. Ultimately it’s about the Creator who reveals … Read More

2 Techniques for Christian Meditation

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In evangelical circles (of which I am a part) many people are cautious about the term Christian meditation as the latter part of the phrase is often associated with Buddhism or supposed ‘new age’ practices. For the average evangelical these are things to steer well clear of so people talking about Christian meditation are often given a wide berth. Instead … Read More

Psalm 1: His Law

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Today I started a commitment in my morning silence and devotion time to work my way through the Psalms, one each morning from the beginning to the end. My commitment during that time is to use an approach to reading more akin to Lectio Divina rather than my usual way of reading scripture. So it’s more like a contemplative form of … Read More

Humility and the Difficulty of Silence

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As some background for those who aren’t familiar with my practice of silence, read here and here. I’ve been engaging the practice of silence for a few months now. It involves a focused 20 minutes most mornings within my hour of prayer. It started out with an attempt at half an hour, but that was proving too difficult. It’s not … Read More

What Happens in the Silence?

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When you are silent, do you only become enlightened about your own situation in these moments, or do you feel like they help you sort out other stuff about life, the world and the like? Hayden. This question from Hayden was asked of me on Facebook but I thought I would answer here as the feel of Facebook doesn’t lend … Read More

Practising Silence

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For the last few weeks I have properly engaged the practice of silence… or at least, I have devoted time to it and am attempting it. The time given is half an hour, followed by verbal prayer and then readings both from the Bible and other Christian spiritual writings. It totals an hour between 6 – 7am. For the extra … Read More

Prayer Becomes Silence

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At times prayer becomes silent. Peaceful communion with God can do without words. “I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother.” Like the satisfied child who has stopped crying and is in its mother’s arms, so can “my soul be with me” in the presence of God. Prayer then needs no words, maybe not … Read More