THE GIFT OF SILENCE
"Let me seek, then, the gift
of silence, and poverty and
where everything I touch
is turned into prayer,
the wind in the trees
is my prayer,
for God is all in all."
(from Thomas Merton,
"Thoughts in Solitude")
We, who live in urban areas,
are accustomed, on a daily basis,
to many sounds, and noises. They
seem to accompany us in all places
and climes. We call out for relief, but
oft times, none seem to be forthcoming.
A few days ago, as the winds blew cool,
and the leaves turned Autumn, I took a
folding chair, sat down in front of our home,
enjoyed the fall scenery, the warm sun
wrapped in the gentle breeze, touched the
quietness, felt truly blessed by the Lord.
So glad to be alive.
(Written and published on October 21, 2021.)