I was on a silent retreat sitting outside having a cup of tea watching a little critter poking his head and periodically I’d see dirt flying up out of the ground as he was busy digging.  I was thinking how afraid animals are and how being still around them sometimes creates a sense of safety and they come out and show themselves.  I began to think about God and how when I still myself I become more aware of Him.  Then I thought, but God you are not afraid.  And it was like God said, “no, the silence is for you, so you feel safe enough to come out.”  

Pam Paulson
Seal Beach, CA