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Commonplace book #9

Posted by Erik on February 11, 2008

The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega. It is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blended note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing. -Annie Dillard (hat tip to Theokleia)

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4 Responses to “Commonplace book #9”

  1. kay said

    I wonder what she meant by “quit your tents”? It hit me because of a dream I once had.

  2. executivepagan said

    It’s a biblical reference, to Deuteronomy 5:30:

    23 When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leading men of your tribes and your elders came to me. 24 And you said, “The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. 25 But now, why should we die? This great fire will consume us, and we will die if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any longer. 26 For what mortal man has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? 27 Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey.”

    28 The LORD heard you when you spoke to me and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

    30 “Go, tell them to return to their tents.” (NIV)

  3. kay said

    Thanks Erik!

  4. executivepagan said

    No problem! That’s why I love this particular quote – for me it’s all about the importance of coming out of the shelter of someone else’s revelation and experiencing the Divine directly.

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