I read an article in the Tribune a few days ago about the shrinking number of nuns worldwide. They are particularly falling in the more "advanced" countries.
Sister Maria, 79, from Italy has a theory,
"The young in Italy have TV. They have cell phones. They have these laptops they carry around... when you are going to discos, how can you expect to hear the word of God? You need silence to hear God."
Is this not also true for all believers? We cram our ears full of sound from television, movies, youtube, gossip and increasingly... earbuds. Is there any space left for the still small voice, much less a loud booming voice?
Silence didn't use to take discipline, but it does today. And silence should be practiced as part of a Jesus followers journey.
Unplug, listen UP, obey. (repeat)