Wednesday Riff: Language

The first language of God is silence.
Not success,
Or victory,
Or popularity,
Or power.

The first language of God is silence.
Not a clamouring,
Or a shouting,
A vying for attention,
Or a desperate plea to be picked.

The first language of God is silence.
Though we may wish otherwise,
Long for a dramatic monologue,
Or a tender whisper.

Instead…
The silence of a corpse on a cross,
And a pre-resurrection tomb.
The silence of a lone figure in the wilderness,
A rabbi praying in the early morning,
And a creation waiting for that first stirring word.
In the quiet of every moment when
You and I think that nothing is going on…
The first language of God is silence.

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