Our little townhouse is located near an interstate highway. Twenty-four hours a day the hum of that motorway can be heard in our neighborhood. Of course pretty quickly after we moved in, that hum was rarely noticed at all. We were unconsciously filtering it out. The only time I usually notice the sounds of the highway is when a siren goes racing by.
My laptop sits on an elevated stand that has a fan in it. When I plug the stand into my computer, the fan begins to whir. It keeps my computer cool. The only time I am aware of the sound is when I unplug it and it stops. Only in the silence do I realize that there had even been a sound.
All of this got me to thinking about the sound of God. Traditional Christian thought affirms the omnipresence of God. God is as ubiquitous as the air around us and within us. Other religions also think of Ultimate Reality, Being, or the Divine as universally present.
If God is present in this way, what is the divine sound? How can we hear it? Can we only notice it when it is strangely absent? Or is it like a vibration in our hearts that can only be sensed when we are silent?
Sunday I told the congregation that if a person has all the answers, this probably means he or she doesn’t know all the questions! Well, I have a lot of questions, but that’s okay because those very questions may be the pathway to God I most need.
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