The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Let some of us keep silent

Creating quiet takes effort

The world is noisier than ever. Many people see this as a good thing — signaling progress, energy and excitement. "Make a joyful noise," they cry.

Others prefer the caution: "The Lord is in his temple; let all the earth keep silent before him." Noise for these seekers of stillness is a serious form of pollution that is annoying and unhealthy. It drains their joy and destroys peace and harmony.

In the scrimmage between the noisemakers and silence-seekers, the former seem to be carrying the day. Venture outside, and you're likely to be assaulted by the sounds of car alarms, lawn mowers, air conditioners, boom boxes, sirens and garbage trucks.

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