“Shh It’s oh so quiet”
There have been a number of versions of the song “It’s Oh So Quiet“. Originally performed by Horst Winter in 1948 entitled, “Und jetzt ist es still” and then in 1951 by American singer Betty Hutton. I personally only remember the version by the Icelandic musician Björk in 1995.
“It’s oh so quiet
It’s oh so still”
At this time of year more than any other we may find it hard to experience any quiet or stillness in our lives. Christmas is only four weeks away and there are lots of things to do. Making arrangements to see family and friends, attending school plays and parties, buying, wrapping, delivering gifts not to mention the shopping, cooking and cleaning. You might be dreading the rush before Christmas. You might be feeling overwhelmed. You may even be quickly running through a to-do / to-get list as you read this. Or you might be finding it hard to find any reason to be jolly. Feeling isolated, mourning the loss of a loved one or facing illness can make the approach to the Christmas season bittersweet.
At times we all need a place of sanctuary, a place to be silent, a peaceful place were we gather our thoughts before facing the world again. There are many passages in the Bible about being still and quiet, my personal favourite is from the Old Testament book of Isaiah “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”(Isaiah 40:31)
Many of us dread waiting, but through the words of the prophet Isaiah, we can learn that waiting can actually be a good thing. I love the imagery of soaring on the wings of an eagle above the busyness of life or away from my troubles. From this height I get a different perspective on life. As I soar, I can rest, waiting, gaining strength so I can face what lies ahead. What a special image to hold on to in our minds.
So whatever you are waiting for, whatever situation, difficulty you may be facing why not take time to:
Be all alone
And be peaceful”
To enable you do this, from today until Monday 26th November from 9am -9pm, Christ Church Aughton will be open offering a place of peace and tranquility. ‘Hush before the rush’ offers a space and six reflection areas to enjoy some Shh and peace!