“Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again…” (The Sound of Silence lyrics
copyright Paul Simon Music) Years ago, part of an English literature class was to interpret song lyrics. For one of those assignments, I selected The Sound of Silence. I know the lyrics were not intended to mean what I am about to say, but back in 1966 when I first heard it, I was 11 years old. What was important to me in 1966 was God, and I was connecting everything in my life to God. When I heard the opening lyrics, I interpreted the words as though someone was befriending the darkness to pray – that is where God could be found. Moreover, one obviously met God there frequently, because of the word ‘again’. The darkness was a safe place where one could talk freely to God with no worries. Of course, these were only the journaled thoughts of an 11-year-old child.
Sometimes, we need to seek silence, day or night, to meet God there. In the sacred silence, God is with us, creating our faith.
St. Thomas UCC, Bethlehem worship audio 101021 –