What’s in a Word?

On December 31, I posted this question on Facebook – If you had one word for 2017, what would that word be? The post received over 50 responses and the words were intriguing. First, I realize that it is difficult to encapsulate a year with one word.  The words listed may be reactions to specific…

In Two Words

There was a monastery and one of the requirements of this religious order was that the young men must maintain silence. Opportunities to speak were scheduled once every two years, at which time they were allowed to speak only two words. A young monk completed his first two years of training and was invited by…

Hearing God in Silence

My Devotion was published in Disciplines 2014, p. 326 Psalm 19: 1-6 (A few years ago) I spent several days at a monastery for a personal retreat. It is the monks’ custom to speak little, even during meals. My time there helped me focus on words and silence and the other ways that God speaks.…