Friday, May 29, 2015

Moment of Silence

Stillness allows for moments of silence
that capture the depth of the soul,
the hope of the day,
and peace.


Although I have never traveled to Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, I knew when my friend showed me this photo from her recent travels to Greece that this image would inspire me to write about the act of engaging in a moment of silence.

Silence is golden, an idiom often used to describe a desirable state can be looked at in various ways. It can be the time set aside for a prayerful moment, the pause provided to honor a fallen hero, or the quieting of the chatter of the world. It is sacred time to reflect, to fill your heart with song, grieve a loss, or be in communion with a spiritual quietness.

Moments of silence can give us the peace of mind to reflect and then, speak with eloquent words.

"For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time...a Time for Silence and a Time for Speech." -Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

A word fitly spoken [is like] apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11

Beethoven captured the essence of silence in his composition, Silence.


Memorial Day allows for a moment of silence. Each year 9/11 brings a time in the day to reflect, stop, and disconnect from the noise of the world and to spend a moment to honor all whose lives were tragically lost. Yesterday, an eduhero suddenly and unexpectedly passed on. I, among other educators, honored Grant Wiggins with a moment of silence and words of respect tweeted throughout the Twittersphere. 

Please take the time to visit Spiritual Journey Thursday directed by Holly Mueller who determined today's topic to be a moment of silence. You will enjoy reading the posts by SPJ community members.