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”[1] 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.

© 2022 PRA

Illustration: Elijah before the Lord (artist unknown)

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[1] From the hymn, Where cross the crowded ways of life (1905), Frank Mason North (1850-1935)

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