Many people are afraid of quarrels. But we have to be aware that the word is among us also for a reason of problem-solving. However, people should be more afraid of silence than disagreements. But do not be scared of the pure silent silence, the silence of thought. Such silence is rich and full. It gives one to shout kind, genuine, weighty words out of him.
We should fear the empty silence, the silence of pain, disappointment, resentment, the silence of hatred, and the most problematic silence, which is the deadly empty silence that comes between us when we have nothing more to say.
Because “in the beginning was the Word” (John 1: 1). The word is the beginning of everything, communication if you like. Everything that came about came about when God spoke. Light, sun, stars, greenery, birds, even man (1 Genesis 1:26). That is why the word is also at the beginning of man: it came to life; it was created when someone spoke.
When a word enters between two people when they begin to talk, they also start to come closer to each other, thus creating a relationship between them, the beginning of all humanity. Man is therefore created as a creature of the word. The word for him is like a skeleton, the core, the essence. Only because of the word, the man actually exists. Philosopher Heidegger wrote: “Language is the house of being.”
That is why everything in a human being collapses when he no longer has a word, a pure, sincere, true word, when no one speaks to him as if he is gone as if he no longer exists when he himself is silent. And there is so much of this empty silence among us today.
We stopped talking, talking, not chatting. We simply gave up the Word; we sold it for the illusion of our own right, for reputation, for virtual peace; we sold the Word and bought the silence of our phones, music, and television, the loud silence in which we were completely lost and dehumanized.
God Comes as the Word, so the Word Is Among Us
However, when “peaceful stillness encompassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent, Your all-powerful word from heaven’s royal throne leaped into the doomed land” (Wisdom 18:14-15).
The word of truth, goodness, respect, and construction was the word that creates and which God sent and always sent among us as we begin to talk, just as powerfully as on the first day when the Light came into being (1 Genesis 1:3).
Christmas is all about this: “The Word dwells among us” (John 1:14) to start talking again. To talk because this means I care, and to listen because it means to accept. To serve the good, the real, and the beautiful in words.
Have your say and tolerate it differently. Find the reasons for the word and the reasons for the silence. Talk about yourself, not others. To meet. Search. Wonder. To think. Letting the word speak may even change you. This is how God comes into the world today. Thus he settles himself among men, like the Word.
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