We go silent and The Bible
There is a hidden wisdom in The Bible. A story in the story. These hidden stories can be difficult to find if you simply try to read The Bible from the first page to the last. The stories in The Bible are about life itself, the very life you breathe in and out every moment!
The Bible deals with many different aspects of being alive such as: love, friendship, brotherhood, faith, family, hope, joy, peace, healing, happiness, forgiveness, troubles, hard work, loneliness, betrayal, sadness, breakups, temptations, stress, sickness and death.
Everyone will experience some of these during a lifetime. The Bible is therefore not a history book about long forgotten times in a distant past but a living story about life lived right now in this particular moment.
The story in the story is timeless wisdom always present in the “now.” Using bits of The Bible during meditation will get us closer to life itself – our own life and the life of the living God.
We must “eat” The Bible and thereby take its Word and Spirit of wisdom in our mouth and digest it in our body, mind, soul and heart. Let the Word become alive in us.
Meditation with The Bible
In the following example, there will be a brief instruction of how to read a piece from The Bible as we do it in We go silent.
You can do this as a supplement when you meditate as shown earlier in How to begin meditating. You can also do this as a way to begin to understand the the life-giving message of The Bible. Always remember that The Bible is much more than words - it's also about your life.
Sit still for some minutes and breathe, in and out, before you begin reading from The Bible.
First reading: We
Before you read a short bit of The Bible aloud and begin to “eat” it, think about the following questions:
- See for your inner eye all the pictures presented in the text – the people, the colors, different smells, the sounds etc.
- If you were in the story who would you be?
- Try to keep the words inside you
- Try to be there. Be present in the story!
Sit in silence for some minutes, close your eyes, and be present in the story.
Second reading: go
This time read the text inside your mind. Do not read it aloud. Your focus should be on:
- Where in your own life does the essence of this story fit in?
- What part of the story makes you pause, or do you keep returning to?
- What does this story have to do with your life?
- Have you ever experienced something similar to this?
- What can you learn about your own life through this story?
Sit in silence once again with eyes closed and keep breathing in and out. Be still for some minutes again.
Third reading: silent
The last reading is where you have to let it all go and focus on just one word or sentence from the text.
What you choose will be with you for the rest of the day. Read the text one last time in silence. This time think about:
- Where have you been touched by the story?
- What kind of emotions and feelings have shown themselves inside you?
- Are you happy, released, hopeful, thankful, excited or did you get angry, sad, or confused?
- Whatever happened through your reading, be confident and open about it and share it with God in your inner silence.
Take your time and sit in silence and try just to “be.” Be alive in this moment and breathe in and out.
Gently open your eyes and take the word or sentence with you for the rest of the day.
Getting started - four stories from the Gospel
You can begin reading one of the following stories and use the Wgs instruction for getting closer into the wisdom of The Bible.
1) Jesus and the Storm
(The Gospel of Mark 4,35-41)
“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
2) Martha and Mary
(The Gospel of Luke 10,38-42)
“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
3) Jesus in the Wilderness
(The Gospel of Matthew 4,1-11)
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ ”Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.”
4) Water and Wine
(The Gospel of John 2,1-12)
“On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.