Settle into Silence

by Christina Hubbard

//Here, in silence, before you, God,

My posturing stills.

I sit with breath and bone,

Your presence light in my lap,

Around my shoulders,

Soft on my lips.

 

Here, in silence, before you, God,

My pretending surrenders.

I hear a clock tick, a fridge hum.

Your wind bends tree beings

Out my window.

Oh, God, may that be me, bent to You.

 

Here, in silence, before you, God,

My face wants to hide.

I hear my need cry softly in my chest.

Your Spirit comforts as I listen,

Listen within.//

Help me stay put.

 

Here, in silence, before you, God,

My world halts.

I breathe free of time and effort,

Without show or success,

As much as I am able.

Take every weight I never need to bear.

 

Here, in silence, before you, Jesus,

My voice rests.

I sit with you, Friend,

Your heart beats so near.

I lay my head on your chest

Settle me down. Settle me in.

This post is written in conjunction with the Five Minute Friday community. We write for five minutes on word. Today’s word was SILENCE.  (// indicates the start and stop of five minutes.)

Three Ways to Settle into Silence

  • Focus on a visual: the trees outside your window, a piece of art which evokes serenity, or a symbol of Christ.
  • Write down the distractions. Have pen and paper ready to write down the inevitable task lists and thoughts that will come to mind. Give them a place to rest.
  • Expect internal resistance. The discipline of silence is hard. One minute, two, or five. Start small. Every small bit benefits your soul.

Constant noise floods our world. Without silent time, our systems are in a constant state of heightened anxiety. We can’t focus. We’re irritable. We’re overwhelmed and exhausted.

Getting quiet with God is crucial to our wholeness. Tweet ThisGive it a try this weekend, and let me know how it goes.

What obstacles do you face when you try to be silent with God?

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November 10, 2017
  • Emma Hughes

    So poignant and profound- I can see you sitting there in perfect peace!

  • Love the poem. The trees bending down. My mom loved silence. We kids would turn on the radio and she would turn it off saying she needed silence to think. Now sometimes I am saying the same things to the kiddo and turning off the noise. I didn’t understand her back then, but now I do.

    • Theresa, I’m the same way. There is so much noise sometimes. But I think we just long for the stuff that fills us up, which changes in different stages. Kids love noise. Adults: heaps of peace.

  • Lynne Cole

    This was beautiful and I love the 3 ways to settle into silence. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from FMF #81

  • Marie

    I could feel my heart slowing down as I read this. I paused before typing the rest of this out and took a deep, long breath. Sometimes we need to just be, instead of do.

  • Tara Ulrich

    Lovely poem friend. Indeed I want to settle into the silence. So much THIS: “Getting quiet with God is crucial to our wholeness.” I’m in the 9 spot this week.

  • Beautiful poem, and wonderful tips for actually achieving silence!

  • This is why I started doing yoga years ago, thanks for the beautiful reminder, I need to get back to a wholesome practice.

    • I hope you find a little pocket of silence for yourself today, Jennie. If not, tomorrow is a fresh plate of goodness.

  • Karen Sebastian

    Love the second one! Write down the distractions. I will need to borrow that one. Loved your practical tips for how to do it!

  • oh, I liked this. Just what I needed to read on a day when struggles are real.

    • Hi, Annette, silence is hard, isn’t it? Praying you know God’s nearness in the midst of the busy.