The Importance of Silence

Discovered this in one of the books for my doctoral program, Pathways to Spiritual Living by Dr. Susan Muto:

Everyone needs silence: the teacher, the nurse, the social worker; the artist, the poet, the doctor; the lawyer, the housewife, the cabdriver. To neglect this need is to risk living a tense, fragmented, spiritless life. Formation in Christian living is not confined to monasteries; it is a survival measure in the modern world. If we do not nourish our souls, they atrophy as do bodies without food. To maintain any kind of Christlike presence in the world, we need to seek silence and its fruits in the practices of spiritual reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation

As I spend time with Christians I’m discovering that we need to restore Christian spirituality. Muto is right when she says that Christian formation “is a survival measure in our modern world.” Instead of allowing our lives flow from an inner core that has been shaped and formed by Jesus, we allow our culture to shape and form us. We might argue the point, but I’m finding some very “unJesus” like attitudes, characteristics and actions within some of the most “Christian” organizations I serve.

I have a feeling that if the issue of silence, reflection and/or contemplation were to come up, many who are a part of those organizations would confess they spend most of their time in a frantic pace to ‘do what Jesus’ wants them to do (This is ironic). They may pray. They might read their bible daily. They perhaps, even have a quite time. Yet, those things have become pragmatic and functional rather than transformational.

We need to restore a spirituality that transforms us at the core so that our actions might flow from a center whose core and King is Christ.

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