Mute

Sunday marked the beginning of the second week of Advent.  We read from Luke 1 about John the Baptist’s birth.  For the second week in a row we heard about Zechariah and how he was silenced until his son, John, was born.  For at least nine months he couldn’t speak.  This intrigues me.

Nine months without talking.  How isolating.  I’m sure he communicated through advanced games of charades or a Hebrew version of pictionary or simply writing on a tablet.  But if you had to write out everything you wanted to say wouldn’t you say a lot less?  I think I would.  I’d start to weigh what I wanted to say and whether it was worth the effort of writing it or using sign language and I think I’d opt to stay quiet.  Let’s face it, most of what we say doesn’t need to be said.

So, shutting up seems like a good idea today.  But for me, I don’t think simply keeping my mouth closed is enough.  I mean, since I’m alone so much, I don’t talk a lot all day anyway.  It’s my brain that needs the silence.  How do you silence a brain?  I don’t think it’s possible.  But silencing or calming a spirit could be the key.  A calm spirit.

Be still.

Woman, be still.

 

Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World by U2

Six o’clock in the morning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       You’re the last to hear the warning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       You’ve been trying to throw your arms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Around the world                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       You’ve been falling off the sidewalk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Your lips move but you can’t talk                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tryin’ to throw your arms around the world
I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Be still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Woman I will
Sunrise like a nosebleed                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Your head hurts and you can’t breathe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You been tryin’ to throw you arms around the world                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 How far you gonna go                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Before you lose your way back home                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 You’ve been trying to throw your arms                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Around the world
I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Woman be still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Woman I will
(And you just gotta, you just gotta make your faith…see…)
Nothin’ much to say I guess                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Just the same as all the rest                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Been trying to throw your arms around the world                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     And a woman needs a man                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Like a fish needs a bicycle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     When you’re tryin’ to throw your arms around the world
I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’m gonna run to you, run to you, run to you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woman be still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woman be still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Be still                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Woman be still

**sorry about the spacing-formatting issues…I’m still learning**

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4 thoughts on “Mute

  1. Very, very lovely, Patty. I’m so with you on this one – too many words are seldom my chief problem, but a restless, distrustful spirit? That’s another story.

    Also, I don’t think I’ve heard this U2 song … I may have to look it up.

    Also-also, re. the spacing: that’s one thing that annoys me about wordpress so far, the automatic double spacing. I find that if I type things into a wordpad document, then copy&paste, it retains the single indentations (as long as you don’t hit “Enter” at any time to edit; then you’re sunk) [There’s probably a better solution, though, that I just don’t know about.]

  2. When my pastor said “at least nine months” of silence and paused, I couldn’t stop thinking about how withdrawn I would become if I were in his shoes. What’s cool is, because of Z’s prayer that follows his liberation from silence, it seems clear he used that time wisely with the Lord. There’s hope!

    I tried to upload the video of the song but that’s yet another thing I haven’t taken the time to learn. Go on youtube and search “Tryin to throw your arms around the world the fray”. It’s a brand new version and I love it just as much as the original. I left out 2 verses (again because of spacing).

  3. Not sure I’ve ever had the brain close to quieting down. When you figure that one out, you’ll let me know, right?

    Spacing — If you want to single space, hold the Shift key when you hit Enter. Most of the time it will cooperate. 😉

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