This post originally appears on the Canadian Youth Worker website.
During a scripted prayer before a meeting this morning, there was a period of silence much longer than we were expecting or accustomed to. It was actually quite nice and I had no problem resting in the spirit and offering up the meeting and entire day. However, I could tell that others weren’t as comfortable as I was as I heard fidgeting and I sensed unease. Finally someone comically said “So are we going to meet or just pray all day?”
Not that there’s anything wrong with prayer; but we did have many things to accomplish. It turns out that a small miscommunication led to the prolonged silence. The person who was supposed to recite the next section didn’t know she supposed to.