Silence

Silence is
Writer’s block
No time
Emptiness
Dryness
But really it is
Fear
Anger
Restraint
Sadness
Confusion
Wisdom
Internal wrestling
Hurt
Good
Retreat
Flight
Hiding
Safe

I have been silent for a time. The fear I expressed in the beginning of this writing  challenge has exposed its ugly face and has chased me into the dark shadows to wrestle with my thoughts.

But a season of Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the season of Advent – of hope, love, joy, and peace – is upon us. And if I keep quiet, the stones will cry out (Luke 19:40).

How can I keep silent? Has my heart been emptied of thankfulness?

No. I could blame it on being an introvert. I just needed some “alone time”. But I think the wrestling match against myself has reached an intermission, and I need more practice in being joyful always and giving thanks in all circumstances (I Thessalonians 5:16).

Being thankful is a feeling. Giving thanks and rejoicing are actions.

So I refill my ink pen, put pen to paper (or fingers to keypad), and practice rejoicing and giving thanks.

I’ve lost my voice. But despite my weakness and fragility, it’s time to take action. Slowly, patiently, but persistently, I will try to keep those stones silent.

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