Silence Breeds Action

Christian Wiman—Silence is the language of faith. Action – be it church or charity, politics or poetry – is the translation.

This thought well expresses the iterative nature of the New Testament and what it means to follow Jesus.

Faith, as the Apostle James advises, without doing something with it, is dead.

Actions without the grounding of silence often go awry.

Imagine, if you will, a spiral reaching toward God. Within the spiral is the iterative dance of grounding in silence and acting from faith.

That reminds me of a thought from TS Eliot, maybe not exactly what he meant, but “Except for the point, the still point, there would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”

Or the tune from the Shakers, “Dance, then, wherever you may be; I am the Lord of the dance, said he. And I’ll lead you all, wherever you may be, I’ll lead you all in the dance said he.”

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