Silence and Solitude

"And He said to them, 'Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.'"
Mark 6:31
Writing in the 16th century, St. John of the Cross observed: “God’s first language is silence.” The lives of 21st-century believers are continually interrupted by sound and distraction.

The disciplines of silence and solitude provide space for us to hear the voice of God. They provide a pathway for communing with Him amidst the onslaught of noise and distraction. As we enter into silence, Christ illumines Scripture, strengthens our Spirit, and restores our souls.


Going Deeper

Further Reading on the Practice
Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God's Transforming Presence
by Ruth Haley Barton
Much of our faith is about words. Yet words are not enough to take us into the presence of God and hear his voice. This book invites you to meet God outside the demands and noise of daily life.

Listen in

The Trellis Audiobook
The Trellis is available in audiobook format online for those that want to listen on-the-go.

If you’re desperate for God’s voice, listen in to learn how silence and solitude provide space for us to hear the voice of God.

Trellis Nights

August 6  + August 27
Jesus said, "Follow me." At Trellis Nights, we will take our next steps together toward following Him. Our evenings will be focused on a practice of spiritual formation. We'll eat, worship, and learn experientially as we seek to close the gap between what we believe and who we are becoming in Christ. Our Trellis Night on "Silence and Solitude" is September 3.