The Lord said to Elijah, “Go, stand on the mountain, for the Lord is about to pass by.” There was a great wind, an earthquake, and fire. But the Lord was in none of these. Then a sound of sheer silence (1 Kings 19.11-12; my adaptation)
Only when I turn away from the winds, earthquakes, and fires of “the crowded ways of life” and “the cries of race and clan” and “the noise of selfish strife” and my own inner tumults of painful memories, unresolved anger, and raging anxieties, then, in the silence, can I hear the call of God’s voice reminding me, come what may, of my indelible identity and dignity as made in God’s Image.
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Illustration: Elijah before the Lord (artist unknown)
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 From the hymn, Where cross the crowded ways of life (1905), Frank Mason North (1850-1935)