"Stillness. Perfect stillness. It is a very great gift, not always available to those who most appreciate it and would find joy in it, and often not appreciated by those who have it but are uncomfortable with it.
External noise is inescapable in many places-traffic on land and in the air, sirens, horns, chain saws, loud voices and, perhaps worst of all, screaming music with thundering amplification which makes the ground shudder.
I think it is possible to learn stillness-but only if it is seriously sought. God tells us, "Be still, and know that I am God"Psalm 46;10. "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength Isaiah 30:15
Silence is one form of worship. When the seventh seal was opened there was a silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. What would happen in our homes if we should try to prepare ourselves for those heavenly silences by having just one half-hour when there is no door slamming, no tv, no stereo,and the only talk was in quiet voices."
By Elisabeth Elliot