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This is the blog for Jeff Hedglen - I heard once that good preaching should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. I can only pray that the words within will meet this standard.

Silence: harsh truth

Jeff Hedglen

Fr. Mike Schmitz and Twenty One Pilots are on to something....

But first. In a book called Experiencing Prayer by Fr. Mark Link S.J a story is told: 

During WWII on the island of Saipan, where the battles were fierce and brutal, there were few times of rest. When that did happen a group of soldiers would go swimming in a lake surrounded by cliffs. When they would arrive they found the water so clear that they could see the ripples in the sand at the bottom of the lake, 10 feet down. After a couple hours of cliff diving and general galavanting, the water would be so clouded that they could no longer see the bottom. But, the next time they came to the lake, the sand had settled and they could once again see clearly.

This story represents the value of silence in our lives. The busyness of life clouds our mind and we need times of silence to let the craziness settle so we can see and hear clearly.

This is what Fr. Mike Schmitz expounds upon in his Ascension Presents video: The Value of Silence. He says that God's first language is silence. What a strange statement.... how could a language be silence? He also says that in the silence God reveals himself to us AND in silence God reveals us to ourselves. take 6 min and check it out

The idea that silence reveals us to ourselves is also woven into the lyric of the Twenty One Pilots song Car Radio. Just check out this snippet:

I have these thoughts, so often I ought
To replace that slot with what I once bought
'Cause somebody stole my car radio
And now I just sit in silence

I ponder of something terrifying
'Cause this time there's no sound to hide behind
I find over the course of our human existence
One thing consists of consistence
And it's that we're all battling fear
Oh dear, I don't know if we know why we're here
Oh my, too deep, please stop thinking
I liked it better when my car had sound

[later in the song]

I hate this car that I'm driving
There's no hiding for me
I'm forced to deal with what I feel
There is no distraction to mask what is real

You see, his car radio got stolen and he is left to sit in silence and the silence is deafening. It is screaming pain and suffering, it is crying out all the long buried thoughts and feelings, the lack of sound is has began a cacophony of self that is almost unbearable. The song continues...

And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit

I ponder of something great
My lungs will fill and then deflate
They fill with fire, exhale desire
I know it's dire my time today.

Becoming comfortable with silence can open up a whole new world, a "pondering of something great". But we first have to embrace the silence, to be willing to allow God to reveal Himself - and - Ourself. 

I try my best to remember, God is love and love created me. Before I was anything I was beloved of God and thus, one of the many things the silence will reveal is that initial state of my soul... beloved.

If you are new to silence you may have to wade through a lot of other thoughts and emotions to get to Beloved, but it is there. 

Start with 5 min... set a timer and set down all devices and .... just sit in silence.

And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit in silence
And now I just sit