A Big Silence

Today my friend and I walked along the reservoir at Bald Eagle State Park, just a 30 minute drive from our neighborhood. She noted the silence. She asked me to listen to the silence. “Hear! Stop! Listen to it!”

We absorbed the particular silence of a body of water in winter.

I heard nothing.

We stood, listening to silence.

All afternoon, I consider the benefits of silence and how, in those moments with my friend, my mind felt so peaceful. Later, we talked about how noisy our little town had become with traffic and construction. We talked about students who listen to music all day long and hear so much noise.

The refreshment I felt from the silence reminded me of another powerful way to live with flair: I go into nature in silence for refreshment and joy with God.

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