Wait in silence
Psalm 62: 1-2, 5-6 (NRSVA)
1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.
5 For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
At times of heightened emotion, we often find ourselves lost for words. In those situations, all we have is silence. It is striking, then, that the psalmist repeats this mantra: “For God alone my soul waits in silence”. The power of silence is, perhaps, in the freedom to just be. In the same way as we cannot use words about God without reducing God to less than God is, when we use words about our own experiences, we risk missing something or reducing the magnitude of what is going on. Offering our whole selves in silence, to God, can give us a fuller perspective on our lives and our place in God’s creation. We might need to wait, but we can find hope and salvation in the rock and fortress that is our God.
When we have no words,
when we hit rock bottom,
we turn in silence to you,
knowing that you already see us and understand:
you “get it” in a way no one else can.
And you offer us a space to rest,
and be held,
just as we are.
Thanks be to you, O God, AMEN.