A while ago my husband Harmen and I (and some lovely friends) went away for the weekend, to a nice house in the woods. The morning after we arrived, I woke up early – crazy how that always happens when you can finally allow yourself to sleep in! – and sat outside. All I could hear was the wind blowing through the trees, the birds chirping, and... silence. I remember sitting there wondering whether birds are always this loud, or whether I can usually just not hear them over the sound of crazy city life. Maybe it was a bit of both.
Living in a busy city, living our busy lives, always going from one thing to the next, it sometimes seems so hard to find a moment of silence. We need to be reminded: designated ‘silence areas’ on the train, in nature, reminders to keep our phones off in the theatre... And to be honest, I believe silence is highly underestimated in our every day Christian life also. read more »