Even When He Is Silent


Silence by Johann Heinrich Fussli (1741-1825)

Silence can be a welcome refuge from the noise of modern existence. A place of renewing peace in a hurried world that is ever striving and reaching, reaching and striving for something, anything, and everything.

Yet silence from one to whom you have given your heart is the exact opposite. It drives down deep into the soul, reverberating with crushing strength. Peace is gone and no place is safe from its power. Such silence is inescapable. Abandonment is everywhere.

For a believer, silence from God seems as infinite and expansive as the universe He created.

The following was composed by Kim André Arnesen, sung by the St. Olaf Choir. It was inspired by a poem that was scratched onto a concentration camp wall in Auschwitz.

Be encouraged. Believe in the love that you long for. He is there. He has not moved.

“I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.

I believe in love, even though I don’t feel it.

“I believe in God, even when he is silent.”

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