Monday, April 03, 2017

Fenelon: silence

Monday, April 3, 2017
    Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.
    —Zechariah 2:13 (ESV)
    Silence promotes the presence of God, prevents many harsh and proud words, and suppresses many dangers in the way of ridiculing or harshly judging our neighbors... If you are faithful in keeping silence when it is not necessary to speak, God will preserve you from evil when it is right for you to talk.
    ... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 10-11 (see the book)
    See also Zech. 2:13; Ps. 46:10; Hab. 2:20; Zeph. 1:7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the gift of silence, that I may listen for Your voice.
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