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Songs of Water…or what happens in the silence.

July 20, 2012




I barely can believe what happened.  I have wrestled with this post all week since my finger left the “publish” key.  I had gone around cupping ,the idea of a silent worship, in my hand asking others to chime in on what it could be.  I had tried to explain that in the silence we are waiting for a response….we are believing for a response…how we need to stop throwing worship and then running in the other direction.

How we need to stop fearing our God will reject us….or worse yet not be there at all.

How we need to be in relationship…in intimacy… how if our response to Him is worship….what is His response to worship…and why are we so eager to protect ourselves from it.

Why will we offer up praise  to a God we don’t think will respond?

I met a lot of furrowed brows….and twisted lipped polite answers.

I asked Him what he thought…I waited….maybe I was crazy.

Then He responded.

Jes excitedly kept elbowing me in the ribs….”This is what you talked about…here is your response…holy cow!!!!!”

I sat on the edge of my seat.  They had been playing for an hour.  The music of an entire globe collected on one stage crying out to worship.  Nothing like what you have normally heard.  They were not leading you to do the norm… they just worshipped in a way that took you there. Rarely a word sung… only the voice of music raised.  This was the music that had been collected through time… collected by people who had wandered the globe looking for instruments to say the words on their heart.  Instruments I recognized mixed with things nearly unearthly. Violin strings moved and reverberated  your blood , answering the pulse put in you from before your  birth.  Styles that you tapped  your  first world shoes to, mixed with rhythms that echoed in your primal soul.  My children crawled closer entranced.  I sat in the very front row like a greedy over achieving pupil…drawn closer….jealous of my own children who ignored the social norm just to get a closer look.

And then he stopped.  If it weren’t that I sat in the very front row and leaning forward on my elbows I would have all but missed the movement of his lips as they curved around his prayer filled words.  No sound…  He just stood there.  Even the other musicians turned and looked at him, wondering.

The silence went on…Jes elbowed me again her eyes lit up she barely whispered,”I ‘ve never seen him do this… it’s like you said…silent worship”

The drums sat anticipating.

The strings all but cried out in their echoing silence.

I bit the side of my nail expectantly but with a  honest twinge of not knowingness.





the thunder shook the building.

In this place I never thought I would be in.

With these house guests I had never met till now.

Waiting on an answer I really didn’t know if it was okay to ask.

In this windowless building we hadn’t even known it was raining.

But this band….this Songs of Water…was responded to by the Author of water.


To read the first post….that started it all read here: Silence in Worship

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2012 4:47 pm

    Wow. Thank you for bringing me right to the Throne with you like this.
    . . . Wow.

  2. July 20, 2012 5:05 pm

    Hi there!
    I did read the post you wrote on the idea of silent worship, but I don’t think I left a comment. I do remember that it ‘left a mark’ with me though… provoking my thoughts about the idea.

    How neat is it that!, and I’d probably be one to be filled with excitement to the brim and be one to say, “Holy Cow!!” right along with your friend. I love God moments like this!!

    Also, just want to tell you that your writing had me on the edge of my seat- I love your writing style 🙂

    I also have to admit that I still think it pretty ‘deep’ thoughts over silent worship, something I’ve fully grasped. However, scripture does tell us to worship in truth and spirit, and that seemingly doesn’t sound so ‘loud’ after all. With equal balance one might say: there’s a time to be loud with the angels’ rejoicing and a time to be still. Anyway, just food for thought.

    God Bless!

    • July 21, 2012 8:32 am

      it was even more moving to have the guy staying at our house … later that evening with everyone gathered in the kitchen we really unpacked the enormity of what happened.
      He had never read my blog…had no idea what I was thinking… and it was awesome to hear everyones take on it.

      • July 21, 2012 9:43 am

        Oh my … so I’ve come back here to read your reply to my comment … and now I’ve re-read what I wrote… I left out a word, a word that changes the whole content of what I was trying to say …. urgh!
        I MEANT to say this … “something I’ve …NOT… fully grasped,”

        Anyways, how neat to have the band stay with you, and to be able to share the experience with one another


      • July 21, 2012 11:28 am

        Oh ya know I just read it as you meant it…so no worries. 🙂 (hadn’t even noticed your omission)
        Thank you for coming back.
        It really has been a whirlwind of spiritual experiences this week… I don’t know even how to pin them all down here in this blog…
        I will try.

  3. July 20, 2012 9:00 pm

    I’m a recent reader on occasion. I was at the concert last night too. how wonderful. so happy you shared your answer with us.

    • July 21, 2012 8:33 am

      what?! that’s crazy. do you normally go there? I don’t normally go there… Songs of Water is staying with us…so I went to support them.
      what are the chances of one of my readers at the same concert.
      thanks for commenting…

  4. July 21, 2012 11:14 am

    Praise God for His messages- in all their forms… and thank you so much for being a mouth piece for Him! I have been so blessed through your writings – your gift is beautiful and His light shines through it.

    Love and Blessings,

    • July 21, 2012 11:29 am

      really?! thank you so much… sometimes I worry so much that my thoughts aren’t coming through in my short posts…somedays I wish I could just invite everyone over and just sit on the deck and chat about it instead

      • July 23, 2012 11:26 am

        That would be sweet too. You wouldn’t happen to live en route from Fl to Kansas would you? Wink. Yeah, I know the answer. When the holy spirit is interpreting and working there are no worries.

      • July 23, 2012 12:25 pm

        nope sorry… 🙂
        so true.

      • July 23, 2012 3:03 pm

        Yes really!! 🙂 And it would be so lovely to get together and chat!

      • July 23, 2012 4:18 pm

        lol… well I don’t go there, I was just going to see the Songs of Water play.
        albeit lots of folks from there come here…
        crazy for sure.

  5. July 24, 2012 5:38 pm

    I love the solitude in the last photo… awesome

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