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October 2018

Sacred Silence

By Betsy Marvin

We often are so busy it is hard to find time to just be quiet and listen for God might be teaching us. Silence is a spiritual practice that can help us grow closer to God. It is a way to build our faith as we seek to know Jesus more. This exercise will help students explore the silence and storm imagery in Job 38 by quieting their world.

Begin by introducing the silence. Explaining that you are going to spend the next 10 minutes in silence reading over Job 38. Notice the images, the questions God is asking, the point God is making. After reading, spend time in silence as you contemplate the magnitude of God. You may journal, pray, and draw.

After the silence ask,

As you read these verses, what image do you have of God?
Job had to have quiet to hear God, how can we use silence in our walk with Jesus?

Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!