Regardless of what you believe, a collective moment of silence can be a powerful space.
History echoes what happens when human beings stop talking—together.
"The silence is alive with the possibility of prophecy."~~17th Century Quakers
"Five little minutes only. Five silent minutes of national remembrance."~~Edward George Honey
"No matter what the actual origin may be, moments of silence have been used to unite people in communal reflection and mourning and in appreciation and gratitude for the service given by those who have fallen."~~A Brief History of the Moment of Silence
Dating back hundreds of years or more, being quiet together is moving and uniting and potentially healing.
The Quakers and Native Americans—people groups with
vastly different belief systems, traditions, governments—worshipped silently together, showing respect but not sacrificing their beliefs. This tradition eventually spread, unifying groups of diversity expected to participate together without necessarily agreeing.
Whether it be due to an unnecessary, vague social media post leaving the reader with more questions than answers, or a disgraceful public display of mud-slinging and name-calling that would put a kindergarten class to shame, or a healthcare worker who felt it beneficial to let me know she was ill as both hands are in my mouth—sometimes words, typed or spoken, are not your friends.
Think of what we teach our children.
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Just because it's permissible doesn't mean it's advisable.
Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean you should share it.
I don't wish for world peace.
Nope. Not today. Today I have more pressing concerns.
Today, I wish for dead air. I wish for global stillness, speechlessness—a moment of hush-hush for every man, woman, and child.
I can't tell you what to do, but I can share what I ask myself before tip-tapping away at my keyboard or opening my mouth.
Am I speaking life into someone or am I injecting noise that could potentially drowned out what that individual needs to hear?
Does what I say encourage or does it discourage?
Am I seeking truth or agenda?
Should a social media post be a conversation?
Should a conversation be a prayer?
Should a prayer be a confession?
An old, wise king once wrote, "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion."
In the silence, I pray for the desire to understand.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.