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The Silence of God ~ Andrew Peterson

Have you ever experienced the silence of God? In my faith journey I have at times and others as well.

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Quote From Blog Post: “Have you ever experienced the silence of God? Some times, in the face of tragedy, we wonder if we can hear God. There are times in our lives, ordinary every day times, that we just simply are not hearing God, as if God is absent and we are alone in the desert of life. At other times, we faithfully offer our prayers and it seems as if God must have gone on vacation because we are just not hearing anything back. If you have ever felt the silence or absence of God you are not alone. Job (which we read this morning), Jeremiah, the psalmist, and Isaiah experienced at one time or another God’s lack of presence in their lives. Saint Teresa and Saint John of the Cross wrestled with the possibility that God was silent in their lives. Mother Theresa professed the absence of God the last fifty years of her life. We even hear Jesus praying the words of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Typically, we have been taught that when we can’t hear or feel God’s presence it’s our fault—we have been told that obviously we have done something wrong to warrant God’s disappearance and that God’s silence is a sign of God’s disapproval. However, in the example of the Job, Jeremiah, Isaiah, the psalmist, Saints Teresa and John, Mother Theresa, and Jesus, they had done nothing wrong—actually the opposite, they were spending their lives for the sake of God, yet God seemed to be silent in their suffering. So let’s start with the premise that just because we haven’t heard from God in awhile does not mean we are the cause of God’s silence. The second thing is—I don’t have the answer to the question of God’s silent absence anymore than Job or the other characters I’ve already mentioned.”
( source: http://staugustinestempe.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-silence-of-god.html )
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It’s enough to drive a man crazy; it’ll break a man’s faith
It’s enough to make him wonder if he’s ever been sane
When he’s bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven’s only answer is the silence of God

It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart
When he has to remember what broke him apart
This yoke may be easy, but this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen by the silence of God

And if a man has got to listen to the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes of all the happiness they’ve got
When they tell you all their troubles have been nailed up to that cross
Then what about the times when even followers get lost?
‘Cause we all get lost sometimes…

There’s a statue of Jesus on a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky, all quiet and cold
And He’s kneeling in the garden, as silent as a Stone
All His friends are sleeping and He’s weeping all alone

And the man of all sorrows, he never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that he bought
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not
In the holy, lonesome echo of the silence of God

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