SILENCE: THE QUAKER SACRAMENT
by J. Brent Bill
Friendly silence speaks—yes, speaks, oddly enough—to the hunger for silence that we see in people all around us.
Look at the rising interest in silent retreats and contemplative reading. Something in our souls tells us that getting quiet is a good way to meet God, no matter whether our souls are anxious or settled, swamped by insecurity or swathed in peace.
In the silence, where outer and inner noise ceased, we became what Quakers call a gathered meeting—gathered together and with Jesus. We sensed him in the electrified air. I felt charged with an awareness of the miraculous—the marrow of my bones hummed in holy recognition of the One who had stood at the dawn of creation and called the world into being. READ MORE