Times of Silence
by Rev. Tom Gray
Meditation is a good and healthy practice in life, but how do you go about doing it? Meditation is a conscious focus on truth. It can be aided by quiet and concentration, but there is no single way to go about it.
Many Christian folk, such as I, begin by reading Scriptures, then pausing to reflect (meditate) on what they mean. This time can include singing a hymn or other Christian song. It also includes times of silence as we focus on what God wants in our lives.
I think the most important thing about meditation is that we need times of quiet—times when we lock out the noise and busyness of our world and allow our hearts and mind to focus on what God wants from us. Studies have shown that this kind of spiritual practice increases our sense of well-being, and may actually improve our health.
You don’t need to be a spiritual “nut” to meditate and benefit from it. Start out by setting a time in your day when and where you won’t be disturbed (as best you can accomplish this). Fifteen minutes would be a good interval to start. Have the Scripture you want to think on selected before you start. Begin by asking God to open his word to you. Read the passage and think on it. Listen to a hymn or Christian song. Sing it yourself if you wish. That’s the start. Try it out for a few weeks and see if you can expand the time some—perhaps a half hour..
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.