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Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011 (The Sound of Silence)

Be sure to turn off (or pause) the music on this page below, before playing the video here.



This song was written in 1964 when I was 19 years old and became a favorite of mine back then. I have not heard it for many years... until just the other day. There have been many "interpretations" of the song.

For the first time, I see huge religious/spiritual significance in the words. Seeking darkness (not in an evil sense, but as in a quiet place to be alone with your thoughts). Walking neath the "halo" of a street lamp (the "light" shedding truth on an otherwise cold and dismal world). A vision leaving seeds planted as in a dream. The harsh reality of a world worshiping a man-made selfish Babylonian society in the form of a seductive neon light. Many, many people actively speaking foolishness (talking without saying anything), not seeing anything but the blinding harsh light of their own self interest (looking and listening but not seeing and hearing) relying on (putting their faith in) their own wisdom and the wisdom of this world. And then there are those that know the truth and refuse to share it with those who do not... even failing to encourage and support their own brothers and sisters in faith. The silence remains... the truth is not being spoken or shared by so many believers. God is being rejected because too many people (even among the religious) treat Him as either non-existent or so far away only to be called upon as needed and refusing to let themselves be taught or guided by His will. The silence remains. The handwriting is on the wall for all to see but they see it not or seeing it refuse to accept it as truth. And the silence grows. If you hear the whispers let His Holy Spirit convict your hearts.

It is the way I see it... :)

2 comments:

  1. I remember that song from my younger days, too - - before I was a Christian. Simon and Garfunkel's music was good - - - catchy in tune which made us gravitate to the words.
    Great spiritual commentary on the song. We do need to listen to the still, small whisper of God and need to get quiet before HIM to hear it. It's great to hear from you again. It's been a while.

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  2. thank you for your insights on this song. I have never understood what they were singing (just by listening) so I appreciate the words with the explanation, too. "If you hear the whispers let His Holy Spirit convict your hearts." Lord, give ears to hear and strength to respond.

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