“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.”
― Elbert Hubbard
“To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men. . .”
Opening line from poem Protest by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
(Fra Angelico, Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1440 / Livorno, Santa Maria del Soccorso)
Frustratingly this week, my time has not been my own as I have been back and forth to Dads–Dad is still sick with what I’ve thought to be little improvement but the doctor today tells us otherwise. He seems to think Dad is showing slow gains.
Well, slow it certainly seems to be—and I suppose slow is better than stagnate.
Dad’s question to the doctor “can I eat fried chicken and chocolate?” Hopefully he didn’t intend to have that as a combo meal. . .
My hope is that he might have something a little more solid, sans fried chicken. . .of which will still be quite sometime as we’ve had to switch up meds hoping for greater improvement. . .
All of this has left me with little to no time to put together a thoughtful, or thought provoking, post as of late. And that is in part why I have yielded the past few days to the wisdom of my friend, Pastor Bonhoeffer.
Of which I must do again today as the past couple of entries from my devotional book have spoken deeply to my heart.
His words race across the chasm of time and place.
It is as if I am reading an observation from our own sad world. . .
May we, the body of the Church, no longer remain silent. . .
The Sin of Silence
The church confesses that it has witnessed the arbitrary use of brutal force, the suffering in body and soul of countless innocent people, that it has witnessed oppression, hatred, and murder without raising its voice for the victims and without finding ways of rushing to help them. It has become guilty of the lives of the weakest and most defenseless brother and sisters of Jesus Christ. . . .
The church confesses that it has looked on silently as the poor were exploited and robbed, while the strong were enriched and corrupted. The church confesses its guilt toward the countless pople whose lives have been destroyed by slander, denunciation, and defamation. It has not condemned the slanders for their wrongs and has thereby left the slandered to their fate. The church confesses that it has coveted security, tranquility, peace, property, and honor to which it had no claim, and therefore has not bridled human covetousness, but promoted it.
(the above image of a painting by il Beato [the blessed one] Angelico known as Fra [brother] Angelico of the Christ Crowned With Thorns is one of the most moving Renaissance images of Christ that I have ever seen. I actually saw the image at the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy on a card in the gift shop. San Marco is the convent in which Fra Angelico lived as a monk. Each of the monk’s cells are painted with various images depicting the life of Christ, as painted by Fra Angelico, intended for each monk’s contemplation—a beautiful contemplative respite in the tourist ridden Florence)
Sorry things are so hectic; ;my prayers go out for you.
First of all…what exactly is the problem with the fried chicken/chocolate combo meal?!!! LOL
On a serious note, thank you very much for this reminder. These are indeed perilous days for believers, with perhaps worse to come. I am pretty sure our silence over years has led us into this predicament, and further silence will only make it worse. Of course we are not seeing and facing the level of things Bonhoeffer saw, but we never know what is down the path. Good post to start the day with. I hope you have a good weekend my Sister.
I suppose if folks eat waffles and fried chicken, chocolate shouldn’t be too far removed 🙂
I do believe these are difficult times indeed for the believer as the waters are murky and treacherous—vigilance and speaking up are a must!!
A joyous weekend for you as well Wally—julie
Julie, prayers for you and your father and Gloria continue. It is so difficult when we don’t see much improvement in the health of someone we love.
Please don’t apologize for your posts. They are inspiring as you share what has touched your heart in the writings of others. Blessings my friend!
I’m sorry you had another hectic week and that your dad is still not doing well. But hey, the chocolate/fried chicken combo sounded good to me too. 🙂 🙂 🙂