“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sam. 3:10) As a community, we spend a lot of time talking about God, and a certain amount of time talking to God, but how much time do we spend listening to God?
Quiet Day is a precious opportunity to spend time listening to God. It is a day set apart from our ordinary lives, a day to spend in silence and prayer. It may be that God has been trying to get your attention for some time now; today invites you to open up space and time to allow that voice to be heard. To create this space requires the discipline of setting aside work and unplugging from distractions so that we can simply be still and know that God is God. (Ps 46:10) This takes courage, for often we surround ourselves with distractions so as not to hear that voice which calls us to our true selves in sometimes challenging but ultimately liberating ways.
There is also an intimacy to spending a day in silence with others; it can break down barriers and enable reconciliation in surprising ways. Practices like eating lunch in silence allow us to experience the essence of our life in a community.
Our schedule for Quiet Day begins with Morning Prayer at 8:00 a.m., followed by the first meditation. Then, a noonday prayer service with the healing rite. Finally, the second meditation is at 4:00 p.m., followed by the Holy Eucharist. Our Quiet Day speaker is the Rev. Dr. Kate Sonderegger.
As faculty and students enter into Quiet Day today, we offer gratitude to the staff, as we know that their work continues on this day.