Creative Work

In the Silence

Lauren Porterfield

I know that you’re sitting in the silence of the night with me.
I begin to pour out my heart to you.
       I hear no reply.
So I wait, because I know that you’re listening and waiting
       for just the right moment.
I let the silence heal me, as it always does,
I wait for your voice, but still hear nothing.
I begin to grow impatient and wonder if you’re even there.
But then in the pure silence I hear you.
I know that this moment is holy,
       and I say nothing.
For the first time in forever, I feel calm.
I accept the silence and breathe it in.


For God alone my soul waits in silence.
Psalm 62:1a (NRSV)

SAY A BREATH PRAYER: As you inhale say, “God, in the silence . . .” and as you exhale say, “Calm me with your presence.”

—from devozine (March/April 2008). Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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