"Eloquent silence"

The sonic boom of jets, the roar of traffic, the pounding of jackhammers, the din of radio and television, the jangling of telephones, make a noisy world. Often one finds himself longing for peace and quiet.

But the mere absence of noise is not necessarily the key to peace. For some, silence may be lonely, boring, or even frightening. There is such a thing as an embarrassing silence or an angry silence or a silence that denotes lack of communication. The silence called deafness is abnormal and undesirable.

The right kind of silence, however, can be an oasis of inspiration in a busy life. Mrs. Eddy refers to this kind of silence in an article entitled "What Christmas Means to Me," which appeared in a popular magazine of her day. She writes, "I love to observe Christmas in quietude, humility, benevolence, charity, letting good will towards man, eloquent silence, prayer, and praise express my conception of Truth's appearing." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 262;

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December 19, 1970

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