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A Stillness of Body by Raymond A. Foss

In speaking of the herd
the behavior of elephants
the coming together
a moment of stillness
not merely of their sounds
that motion stopping
a stillness of body
something we can all emulate

In that moment of worship
that coming together
bowing our heads
entering into corporate prayer

In that sense of community
rare, sharing, grace
stilling ourselves
in this holy place

Reverence in our silence
in the stilling of our bodies
our minds open
to God’s voice for us

Listening in the silence
for the Lord’s speaking
often not the pastor’s words
but the voice, still, small
speaking from within

The Lord’s urgings
only heard then
when we like them
quiet ourselves
in loving community

January 23, 2010
“Speaking of Faith: Whale Songs and Elephant Loves”,
a discussion with acoustic biologist and Quaker Katy Payne
January 21, 2010 program, heard 1/23/2010
Speaking of Faith
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