Barbara Brown Taylor (author of many books, including one of my favourites, Leaving Church), in a conversation on the Encountering Silence podcast, refers to silence as “God’s love language”. I sit with that thought for a time.
I can’t claim to understand exactly what she meant, but believe silence is, to some extent, everyone’s love language.
I think of times when individuals have been generous enough to listen to my story without giving in to the need to tell their own and know there’s love in that gift.
When my prayers shift from laundry list requests to embracing silence as a form of prayer I begin to learn to listen. To see. To be still and know. To touch and be touched.
I don’t know if silence is God’s love language, but it is surely one of mine.