Author and theologian, Matthew Fox, writes: “Silence gives way for Spirit to arrive.”  It leads me to ponder a possibility – a hope – a prayer.

What if people unplugged from social media – just one hour less – than they were usually plugged in?  Just one hour.

And what if, in that one hour, they experienced silence.  Not words.

There are times when words make me sick .. words that people use to explain their lies … words that people use to defend their indefensible position … words that belittle, abuse, mock, harass, demean, bully, disrespect.

Imagine – for just one hour less than usual – we disconnected from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tic Toc etc.  No texting either.

What is the world could simply be present to holy silence, the sounds of Nature’s joy, their creative gifts and allowed Spirit to arrive.

What if we observed “just one hour” less than usual of social media, tv, radio and were in silence, giving way for Spirit to arrive in hearts, communities the world.

May calligrapher Alice Young’s beautiful rendering of Matthew Fox’s words be a prompt for some gentle soul-reflection this day.


Calligraphy © Alice Young (
Text © June Maffin  (
Quote © Matthew Fox