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When Silence is Golden

SilenceThis 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.

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