"Untitled H30" (diptych) 1993, Rebecca Salter
Sister Wendy writes, Silence is a paradox, intensely 'there' and, with equal intensity, 'not there'. The passivity of silence is hard to explain, since in one respect it is intensely active. We hold ourselves in a condition of surrender. We choose not to initiate, nor to cooperate with our mental process. Yet from this passivity arises creativity. This mysterious liberation from all commonplace worldly demands is exemplified in Rebecca Salter's abstractions, which have been compared to gazing at a waterfall. Salter seems as if to have painted silence itself: the work is both alive and moving, and yet still, so that the eye wanders absorbed and yet patternless, through and among the shapes before us. There is nothing to say, nothing even to experience in any words that sound impressive, yet the looking never wearies. This is a rough image, in its very imagelessness, of the bliss of silence.
"Hymn of Promise" by Nancy Allen
In the bulb, there is a flower In the seed, an apple tree In cocoons, a hidden promise Butterflies will soon be free
In the cold and snow of winter There's a spring that waits to be Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see
There's a song in every silence Seeking word and melody There's a dawn in every darkness Bringing hope to you and me
From the past will come the future What it holds, a mystery Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see
In our end is our beginning In our time, infinity In our doubt, there is believing In our life, eternity In our death, a resurrection At the last, a victory
Unrevealed until its season Something God alone can see
pray these words of scripture, slowly, deliberately. Let them wash over you and present a gift; as God addresses us in the silence of our own hearts this day.
"Be still, and know that I am God" -Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am
Be still, and know
Be still, and know
Be still, and know that I AM
Be still, and know that I AM God. Amen.