(The Dark Night, book II: chapter 14-16)
"And he said, 'Go forth, and stand upon
the mount before the LORD.' And behold, the
LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind
rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the
rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not
in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake,
but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and
after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD
was not in the fire; and after the fire a
still small voice. And when Elijah heard
it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and
went out and stood at the entrance of the
Silencing The House
Her house shudders with creaks and groans;
Lights flash, sounds blare, smells
"How can He draw", her soul
"Silence from this chaotic churn?"
Even with all her senses stilled,
Appetites beg and passions yearn,
Affections pull -- this noise has filled
Her faculties, which cannot spurn.
Though she may put her house to bed,
Beloved's grace puts all to sleep;
That He may guide her soul instead
Of her members, this dark is deep.
Her soul, blinded, He guides outside;
In sheer silence, they slip away.
In time, the Bridegroom with the bride,
Will join in heaven's sweet soiree.
She returns to her house once more;
With all this noise, her life's a chore.
May the Lord of our souls silence our senses,
appetites, passions, and faculties and draw
us in silence unto Himself.
45. 1 Kings 19:9-13a
(c) Paul Buis, 2004