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Bearing The Silence Of God

Posted in quotes, religion by amoslanka on November 28, 2008

In Europe, there is a saying: It is often dark at the foot of the lighthouse. There is often silence in the life that becomes the voice of God. The lighthouse imagery is helpful to conceptualize the paradox of death that brings life in the work and life of Paul.

Yet the silence of God is not the same as the absence of God. Within those silent moments, he is present in our pain, suffering, and isolation. He is hurting with us as we are hurting like his Son. In his silence, he is speaking loudly to the world around us.

An interesting and familiar take on the nature of silence, persecution, and prophetic ideas from Bearing the Silence of God by Ziya Meral, a Turkish theologian. More interesting information here, but I’m not sure whether its a book, blog, or some other form of publication.

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  1. Eric said, on November 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm


  2. wholeandpiece said, on December 2, 2008 at 7:49 am

    wow, i’ve so needed this quote…
    (btw, i randomly stumbled upon your blog a couple weeks ago, and now make sure to intentionally stumble upon it every few days).

    anyways, totally been experiencing that silence the past few weeks… the thing is, it’s seemed really beautiful; i’ve felt a very heavy presence [of God] yet heard nothing. To hear this feeling captured by that quote brings me to a place of even more beauty, more comfort.

    thanks for posting it.

  3. amoslanka said, on December 2, 2008 at 10:29 am

    @wholeandpiece — thanks very much for stopping by and I’m happy that you can identify with this idea.

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