Use words if necessary

Today is being spent in talking about communication – one stage better than talking about the use of silence in worship! What’s our problem in communication – after all, we have the gospel! But, somehow, we seem to become a sort of content-free zone when it comes to communication – or we are apprehensive about putting ourselves ‘out there’ in engagement with the world. But how do you communicate in words – in soundbites, if possible – depths of compassion, forgiveness, caring, love, understanding. It always seemed to me that words were there to frame the silences – and when the best communication was taking place – words were almost an intrusion.