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  1. Anthony Fleckenstein
    January 2, 2019 @ 9:21 am

    I just read through your article, and you have some good points. I am really thinking about giving up my “voice” for Lent this year (2019), and the only reason is to remind myself of the sacrifice that was made for all of us.
    Keep in mind that I’m not giving up communicating with people. My mother who I only see once a month was the first person I “spoke” about this with. She said she thought it was a bad idea because the phone calls we share with each other mean so much to her. I thought on this for a while, and I began to think about man-made things that have influenced people or that have conveyed messages without using the sound of someone’s voice…… why do we write books? why do we make art? or better yet how can you “verbalize” the meaning of the Bible? If I were asked this I would simply “say” WORD OF GOD or I really try to make a difference by getting a megaphone and read the Bible out loud in a public place, BUT what would that do? maybe people who are very faithful might stop for a second and listen to find out which verse I’m on. some people might be offended by this….. others might simply walk by and think to themselves (why is that person making so much “noise”?) I wonder what that same person would think if they visited the Sistine Chapel and looked at that little painting on the ceiling…… One last question how does one “verbalize” the view of a sunset from the top of a mountain after a summer rain?….. It may be easier to take a picture or actually experience it on top of a mountain. At the end of Lent this year I could very well be faced with two decisions. The first is picking what word to say, and the second what context/setting to say it in. as of right now I’m thinking it would be the words thank-you and it will take place on top of a mountain with no one else around. After all, I typed this whole comment sitting at my computer not “saying” a word.

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    • Rebekah Simon-Peter
      February 27, 2019 @ 1:46 pm

      Very clever! We are called to use our voices in different ways. Sometimes silence speaks volumes. Sometimes it’s a negative way to squelch something that cries to be said. Only you and God can know for sure.

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