“How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!” (O Little Town of Bethlehem)
I have been afflicted with laryngitis this past week. It comes and goes, but yesterday, after too much talking, i was struck silent again by the time I went to bed. It is soooo hard to be quiet when I don’t want to be. This is a talky talky talky time of year, isn’t it? My forced silence reminds me that many of our beloved hymns, as beautiful a sound as they make, are in fact about silence and stillness.