A Simon & Garfunkel Thanksgiving

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DEVOTIONAL

Laryngitis has very inconvenient timing.

After a busy day of activities on Sunday, I found myself semi-voiceless by nightfall. How dare my vocal chords go out as we approach the beginning of Advent? Would I need to carry around an old-fashioned slate and a piece of chalk to communicate with my family at Thanksgiving Day celebrations? I was none-too-happy with myself.

After accepting the facts that I needed to slow down, drink plenty of hot chamomile tea, and most of all, quit using what little voice remained, I turned to my old friends, Simon & Garfunkel, to keep me company in the quiet house. As I listened to one of their greatest hits, "The Sound of Silence," I sat in my own silence. And I embraced the fact that sometimes silence is exactly what the doctor ordered for us--especially at this time of year.

The holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas have become busier with each passing year. We travel. We shop. We go to church. We help the needy. We eat. We talk. We go to parties. We engage in one active verb after another. And what joy abounds in these, and many more, actions.

At the same time, God invites us to engage in the opposite of action. Psalm 46:10 invites us to "Be still, and know that God is God." Stillness goes against human nature. Silence is not our first choice. But how much greater will the joy and celebration of this exciting holiday season be if we stop, breathe, and reflect on what really matters.

I invite you to read the entirety of Psalm 46 in this week and set some goals for the month of December to help lead you into those quiet moments of reflection with God.
1. Where is a quiet place that you can go for one minute and devote that minute to God?
2. When can you go to that place and simply be still?
3. What do you want to gain from silence & stillness?

I would never have wished for laryngitis, but I am grateful for what I have gained from my temporary loss of gab. My prayer is that you will take time simply "to be" in the silence during the upcoming Advent season. Who knows what the sound of silence could teach us?

In gratitude, and quiet,
Pastor Darian