This week, the Spiritual Practices class discussed and practiced Silence and Meditation. To practice this discipline, we can imagine three stages of practice: learning to be quiet, meditation on God’s Word, and listening for God’s voice. In order to practice Silence, we must learn to shut out distractions whether from the world around us or from within our own mind. Then, we move to focus solely on the Word of God, whether in reflection on the person of Jesus or the words of Scripture. Finally, we seek to remove all thought and word from our own life during this practice so that we can instead listen to hear the voice of God.