[Regular readers of this blog will know about the daily emailed inspirations sent out by my colleague and friend, Pastoro Glen VanderKloot of Springfield, Illinois. In today's edition, Glen shares a quote from Lutheran pastor and author William Vaswig. It contains great advice!]
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July 25, 2008 Issue 457e
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Thought for the Day
Carl Jung, the psychologist, said that silence or being
still is in itself healing. Jung would insist that
his patients sit wtill alone at home bewtween appointments.
No radios, phonographs, music or people to talk to.
Today we would add televisions and computers and M3P
players. He could tell when his patients returned to
his office a week or two after their appointment
whether or not they had done what he had assigned them.
Those who sat in silence one hour a day were always
improved when he saw them again.
It dawned on me if a well known psychologist like
Carl Jung knew the great healing value of silence,
how much more God knows what silence does for his own
children. When God says...
"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10
his instruction is given in order that we might be
constantly healed. It turns out that it is one of the
most healthful things you can do.
God wants to speak to us becasue he knows we can't hear
him while we are talking.
The best thing I have learned in my Christian walk is
the importance of being absolutely quiet.
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him
comes my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Lord, help me to regularly dedicate time to wait
in silence and listen for you. Amen
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