The Secret Cannot Be Spoken

320170b6e84905c6b0814d7e3e85db9bA quiet room in the Iona’s Abbey in Scotland (Isle of Mull)

January provides a space to catch our breath. We celebrated a glorious Christmas, but I’m amazed at how quickly the Season passed. All the decorations are packed away once again. As I wrapped the nativity figures, I paused to hold each piece praying that the year ahead would be filled with God’s mercy and grace. Though I love the services and Christmas merriment, I now look forward to a little ‘time out’ to integrate everything that has come and gone. January allows us some quiet time to contemplate the year ahead. I offer the spirit of Rumi’s poem as a recipe for our prayer life this month. I intend to take some time to be quiet and wrap myself in a bit of silence.

Last night
I begged the Wise One to tell me
the secret of the world.
Gently, gently he whispered,
“Be quiet,
the secret cannot be spoken,
it is wrapped in silence”.  -Rumi

This is a Reflection I have written under the title, Living a Spiritual Life, which just appeared in our January St. Andrews Church Newsletter. Slightly altered, I wanted to make it my first post of the New Year setting the tone for what I hope will be a thoughtful and vigorous writing year. I am determined to finish a second novel!

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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