"Sometimes the most honoring response is to be quiet and to let the words find purchase."
Of all the words I heard last week at STORY, Ian Morgan Cron's words on the second day of the conference, after artist Makoto Fujimura had spoken, are the ones that have found purchase in my heart and soul and mind.
Cron and Anne Lamott also had spoken briefly about silence the day before. Lamott had described it as "a great prayer," an addendum to her three essential prayers: "Help." "Thanks." "Wow."
Sometimes the goodness of God leaves you speechless. And sometimes you need to be, to let all His words and your interactions with Him, passed to you in other people, find purchase -- to work their way from your mind into your heart and soul and stick there. This is not something I'm particularly good at, either as a reporter, barreling from one assignment to the next, or as a city dweller for the past decade, overwhelmed always by sights and sounds and people and possibilities.
I'd planned to start today with the first session at STORY and blog my way through them all, figuring out what they meant for me as I went. But the first words that found me this morning were Ann Voskamp's: "God's not asking me to produce -- He's asking me to pray."
And that continued the theme of the conference for me -- not just that I need to be quiet sometimes, to reflect, to let the last thing stick before running headlong into the next, to not measure my value by what I can make out of it, but also that when I am quiet, even for just two days at a conference, I will hear that still, small voice whispering to me just exactly what I need to hear.
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