Silence in worship scares worship leaders. Don’t let us fool you. We would much rather fill every part of the empty space of a worship service with a pad sound, a video, a catchy but important drama, or have perfectly seamless transitions in and out of the sermon every single week. Yet, deep down inside, we know and understand that the phrase “silence is golden” isn’t just a simple saying. There is truth there. Moments will happen that demand silence, that beg for absolute solace, even in the midst of a corporate gathering.
What does that look like? I’m not sure…but I do know it’s necessary. We quote the scripture, “Be still and know that I am God” without actually doing it, even in the privacy of our home. I thought about this Sunday as I sat on my couch, listening to the dryer in the afternoon while everyone was either sleeping or gone. There was a peace that resonated with me, even as I knew it would be replaced soon with joyful screams, family and friends, and important bonding time. But the silence (well, almost with the dryer) refreshed me. How much more so could that happen as we gather together?