“Out of the silent abyss a sound is formed: people hear what was not heard before and are changed by the sound from loneliness into love.”
– Eugene Peterson, Living the Message
I have a friend who has a habit of throwing one-liners at me that catch me off guard and make me laugh. He is intelligent with a dry sense of humor and an uncanny way with words. Its a lethal combination; one that demands people listen. People want to hear what he has to say.
Funny thing is…he won’t speak up unless it’s quiet. To him, the noise of our culture is not worth the bother to speak louder. I have learned that I sorely miss out when I fill our space with words of little consequence.
Genesis 1:2-3 (MSG)
Earth was a soup of nothingness,
a bottomless emptiness,
an inky blackness.
God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
Don’t make a sound. Then you can listen to your mind unwind and your soul explore the infinite; the abyss.