Thursday, April 11, 2013


26 It is good that he waits silently For the salvation of the LORD. — Lamentations 3:26 (NASB95)
A church in England has recorded "the sound of silence" on to a CD which has become a surprise hit with its congregation. Members of St Peter's Church in Sussex, England recorded "a little bit of the silence" of the building's atmosphere. The recording features the ambient sound of footsteps, voices, background traffic noise—but mostly just silence.
Robin Yarnton, a church technician at St Peter's, said: "It does what it says on the tin. Silence is all you get. Mostly people have said it's nice and they like it, and that it's quiet and peaceful."
The full CD features a 30-minute track, with a spoken introduction, closing words, and 28 minutes of silence. An article in a Taiwanese newspaper called the CD a "half-hour of absolutely nothing." But it's more accurate to say that it's a recording of something valuable that we've lost in our frantic lives—silence. According to the church, customers from across the world have been snatching up the recording. – Chris Parsons, "St. Peter's Church Records CD of 'the Sound of Silence,'" Yahoo News (10-18-12)
This article caught my attention simply because of something that happened today. I ordered an upgrade to a computer program I use. The DVD came today, so I popped it into the DVD drive expecting to discover some new features on a program I use almost daily. Instead, I got nothing! I opened Windows Explorer to see if I could manually start the install program. There was nothing there! The DVD was blank! They sent me a program disk with nothing on it. I called tech support and discovered the problem. They sent me the Apple version instead of the Windows version. The disk was full of information, but since it was the wrong format, it might as well have been empty.

I don’t think I’d spring for half-hour of nothing for money! Then again, I think I understand what these folks are trying for. Have you noticed how much noise there is? Even in the middle of the night, it’s not totally quiet. Traffic, sirens, booming stereos, airplanes, loud people, even the wind! It’s a noisy world. Wouldn’t a little peace and quiet be nice?

This is the problem that keeps a lot of people from knowing God and following Jesus. Their world is so noisy, they can’t hear a thing God is trying to say. Jesus gets drowned out by the booming racket that plagues our world. Even Christians can get so distracted by the noise they can’t hear their Lord. Try for a little quiet this week. You might like what you hear!