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We are what we do with our silence

When the world tells us
We are what we do
With our activity, acumen or achievement;
Let us learn
We are what we do with our silence.

When the world tells us
We are what we do with
Our spending power or our power of speech;
Let us learn
We are what we do with our silence.

When the world tells us
To drown the silent sufferings of others
With indifference or noise
Or forget the art of stillness even in the storm;
Let us learn
We are what we do with our silence.

When the world tells us
To rush in where angels fear to tread;
Let us learn
That angels listen first
Before they take a step
For the voice of God is in the silence.

Trying to trace source – appeared in a church magazine without a credit.

Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45am and 9.20am). Tony is married with two children.

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