What do you want this Christmas? I know what I want, what I desperately want. I want to hear from God. I want to clearly hear God speak into my life. But I acknowledge, I often struggle with this.
One of the reasons I struggle is that time and again I fail to follow the Biblical pattern that I’m better at talking about than actually doing. In Psalm 46:10, it’s put forth plainly: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
It sounds simple, right? But I struggle with this. I deeply desire to hear the whispers of God, but until I get quiet, I will again and again falter in this. How about you?
This Christmas I am going to seek to spend more time in silence. And I want to be clear, the spiritual discipline of silence is not simply passively waiting. It’s proactively listening.
The author Henri Nouwen believed that silence is an act of war against the competing voices within us. And that war isn’t easily won because it’s a daily battle.
Nouwen wrote: “Every time you listen with great attentiveness to the voice that calls you the Beloved, you will discover within you a desire to hear that voice longer and more deeply.”
Will you join me this Christmas season in engaging more in proactive times of silence, listening for the whisper of God?