The beauty of hearing beyond words

A lot can happen
If you will listen
To silence.

Let stillness
Settle your inner storms.
Then in the quiet
Enjoy the sweetness
Of peace.

Be still
Until the hush
Of unhurried silence
Opens your heart
To awe.

The beauty
Of peaceful silence
Is beyond words.

All isn’t quiet in silence.
If you listen with stillness
You hear beyond
Sounds and words.

In all of its quietness
Can make beautiful sounds.

Imagine a calculator
That’s never cleared,
All its calculations
Would be skewed.
Let quiet
Clear your mind.

The language
Of the conscience
Needs no translation
In a heart
Willing to hear.

When you go
Over the edge
Of deception,
Silence can help you
Get accurate truth reception.

The substance of silence
Can be heavy.
It requires strength
To listen to it.

If you don’t get tired
Of continual noise,
You may be running
From the truth.

If you find quiet
To be painful
Perhaps you’re hiding
Something shameful.

In peaceful silence
Moments merge
And disappear
Into a timeless unity
Of now.

Silence is threatening
If you’re afraid
To face yourself.

The fear of silence
Enables much noise
That keeps
Imaginary threats

When people
Attack you with words
They don’t expect kindness.
Surprise them.

Some people say
That God is silent
But within me
He expresses Himself
In many ways!

If you’re silent within
God will echo
In your emptiness.

People say
They want to hear
The audible voice of God,
But His quiet, inner voice
Is just as powerful!

Throwing inner fits
Makes you unfit
For inner peace.
Let Jesus
The inner fitness coach
Get you fit
For it.

When the only thing
Between you and God
Is silence,
You’ll hear His voice.

Christ in me
“Inner-gizes” me
From within.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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1 Response to The beauty of hearing beyond words

  1. Marcus Hurst says:

    There are certainly some powerful thoughts there. Thanks for sharing, Steve.

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