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The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight

Monty Knight: The Sacred Sound of Silence

1 Kings 19:9-12

10th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 13, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Monty Knight (CC(DC))


In the 19th Chapter of I Kings, the ancient Hebrew prophet, Elijah, is having a proverbial "nervous breakdown." He's depressed. So depressed, in fact, he wants to die. "It is enough," Elijah wails, "O Lord, now take away my life." (v.4) Perhaps you've heard this plaintive lament sung by the baritone soloist in the oratorio by Felix Mendelsohn, a marvelous musical composition that bears Elijah's name.

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The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham

Awkward Silences

1 Kings 19:1-4, (5-7), 8-15a

5th Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

June 23, 2013

The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham (TEC)


You see, I wrestle with silence a lot.  We have this strange dance, silence and I.  I am much more comfortable in silence than I am in large groups of people whose conversations swell and mix together, eventually sounding like static or clucking chickens.  I need--I crave--times for silence.  But I resist it sometimes as well, behaving like I somehow enjoy having four or five programs or projects going on at the same time.  I feel like I'm being so much more productive that way--until it all gets on my nerves and I begin to rearrange my office again and put in a rug and zafu meditation cushion in the corner in hopes that I will take advantage of the space and "just" sit and be and reflect and pray and make tea for folks who come by to visit and sit on the floor. 

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