Sunday, December 17, 2017

Faber: the whispering of the Lord

Sunday, December 17, 2017
    Advent III
    Commemoration of Eglantine Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of ‘Save the Children’, 1928
    The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
    Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
    —1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV)
    There is hardly ever a complete silence in our souls. God is whispering to us well-nigh incessantly. Whenever the sounds of the world die out in the soul, or sink low, then we hear these whisperings of God... He is always whispering to us, only that we do not always hear, because of the hurry, noise, and distraction which life causes as it rushes on.
    ... Frederick William Faber (1814-1863), “All men have a special vocation” in Spiritual Conferences, London: Thomas Richardson & Son, 1860, p. 408 (see the book)
    See also 1 Kings 19:11-13; Job 33:14-18; Ps. 46:1-3; Zech. 4:6; Acts 2:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me greater sensitivity to the Spirit’s promptings.
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