Thursday, February 04, 2010


Silence frees us from the need to control others ... A frantic stream of words flows from us in an attempt to straighten others out. We want so desperately for them to agree with us, to see things our way. We evaluate people, judge people, condemn people. We devour people with our words. Silence is one of the deepest Disciplines of the Spirit simply because it puts the stopper on that.
- Richard Foster, from his book Freedom of Simplicity

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Thanks Pete. I'm drowning in words these days (all in my head!) and praying for a respite. I'll have to read up a little more on Richard Foster.