Contemplative Living

“God’s first language is silence.” – St. John of the Cross


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Acts 8:26

Then the angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, “Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route.”


We can read these scripture passages and think it’s just fantasy, you know, angels speaking to people and such.

But there are many people who have had what is known as a Near Death Experience who talk about angels.

They claim they have personally seen angels in their experience of dying and going to a heavenly realm before being sent back because it wasn’t their time.

Many claim that their guardian angel still speaks to them.

I think we have all had the experience of having a thought pop into our heads suggesting we do something positive or helpful.

Have you ever wondered if that thought came from an angel, or perhaps the Holy Spirit in Christian terminology, or God?

Have you ever had such a thing happen and really wondered where such a foreign thought came from since it came out of nowhere?

Who knows?

But since I am someone who believes in God and believes there is more than this physical life, and because I have met people who have had a Near Death Experience (and I have had a Spiritually Transformative Experience), I have to believe that such Divine communications still happen.

Could it be they are happening all the time, but many people are simply not listening?

Could it be that many are too busy, too caught up in their mind’s constant, repetitive thoughts, too distracted by the noise of the world, to hear the silent, Sacred Voice?

More down time, more awareness to presence, more silence is needed.

One way to cultivate a more receptive heart is to practice some form of meditation such as Centering Prayer.

Spend more time walking in nature while simply observing the scenery.

Search here for a Contemplative Outreach chapter in your area to find a Centering Prayer group.

As the late Thomas Keating put it, to understand the silent Sacred Voice, “we must learn to be silent and to rest in God” (Invitation to Love).


Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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