so there are different kind of silences:
there’s companionable silence, when you know someone so well you don’t need to speak
there’s awkward silence, gaps begging to be filled
there’s reflective silence, meditative silence
there’s relaxed silence, taking a breath
there’s apathetic silence. whatever.
there’s uncomprehending silence, bewildered into voicelessness.
and then there’s the silence found after your world’s been shattered by an earthquake, wind and fire [and tragically for some this afternoon, in my little corner of Australia, after a train crash].
we know how to create the first silences in worship – any ideas on how to create a space in worship [in a lecture room!] that does honour to the last kind of silence?
obviously we can’t [and don’t want to] replicate it [how very patronising to think we could] – just wondering how to hint at it, to distinguish it from the other silences…
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