A Silent Voice
Dear old and new friends,
It was a late season tornado that appeared out of a heavy rain and then thundered across a small Midwestern town leveling the houses and buildings to the ground; then departing as quickly as it had come. In the following eerie silence, the town’s survivors cautiously came up out of their basements, storm cellars and shattered overturned homes to behold their town resembling an atomic bomb disaster!
George Sanders crawled out from under the tumbled-down broken wreckage of his home and stood silent, shocked at the loss of everything he owned, treasured and loved. His first thoughts were, “Thank God, Marie and the children are away today visiting her mother. But when they come home….” With the speed of a lightning bolt he realized, “But they can’t! They never can come home again—out home doesn’t exist!” As this thought touched every fiber of his body he raised his arms up to the heavens and shouted, “Why, Lord? What have we done to deserve this destruction of everything we’ve loved and labored for all these years? Why have you sent your wrath down upon us, Lord?”
“You don’t need to shout, George,” he heard—or rather felt—a voice respond, as it continued, “and I am not wrathful! I never send pain or suffering to anyone. Storms, like cancers, are free, as you are George, to come and go wherever they wish!”
In the distance came the sounds of wailing sirens of the first responders coming from the neighboring towns. “That’s the sound of help coming, George; be strong. Together we’ll begin again to create you a new home.”
The George Sanders parable isn’t about schizophrenia, but Jesus’ mind-boggling revelation at the Last Supper, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (John 14: 23) And “Keeping my word” involves his requirement of loving unconditionally. His words and their implications are so far-fetched, no wonder they were not drilled into us as children.
The implications if what Jesus said was true:
Prayer is just conversation, as easy as thinking or breathing.
Church tabernacles are but golden symbols of you.
Silence and meditation develop your listening to yourself.
Entering a domestic disagreement, remember who accompanies you.
Discuss your problems and decisions with your Inner Guests.
Unimaginable are the gifts of frequent visits with your Inner Guests.
Loving is the Presence of God.
Let your Inner Selves shine outward through your actions and words.