Shhh . . . God Is in the Silence

shh - girl gestures for silence

Loyola Press has just published the children’s book, Shhh . . . God Is in the Silence, by Fiona Basile and illustrated by Alice Mount. It is designed to help children stop and listen for God’s voice in their hearts. When they do, they hear phrases such as:

  • “You are precious.”
  • “There is no one else like you.”
  • “I created you.”
  • “You are my child.”

The subtitle of the book is “A story for all ages.” And this is true. As adults, we might benefit from focusing on these simple statements.

You are precious.

When was the last time I believed this? Like so many people, I don’t feel particularly precious. Many days, I feel weary, uninteresting, and invisible. Yet, the Divine vision focuses on love, not appearance or feeling. Do I dare say to myself a few times today, “You are precious. Yes, you.”?

There is no one else like you.

Well, I suppose this is true from a genetic standpoint, but, in a practical sense, my energy and skills are replaceable in this world. Am I really so different from anyone else? Isn’t it rather self-absorbed to think of myself as special? Yet, no one has lived my life, has experienced the long string of events and my interactions with them that have become my story. When I am gone from this world, another me will not pop up. Enjoy me while you can, world! Maybe I should try to enjoy my existence as the only one of its kind.

I created you.

A person doesn’t have to imagine a wise old god figure mixing together all the characteristics with the intent of coming up with “me.” What about this: Divine desire generated the universe, and out of this universe, the creative energy continues its moment-by-moment work, which has resulted in, among other creations, me. It’s awe-inspiring enough to consider how many factors had to balance in just the right way for this planet Earth to be able to support human life. That’s already a miracle. But add to that the ongoing beauty and complexity of the human person and its infinite possibilities for appearance, personality, and capacity. “I created you” is no small concept; it is completely mind-blowing.

Shhh . . . God Is in the Silence - by Fiona Basile and illustrated by Alice Mount

You are my child.

This one’s tough to believe, because I’m convinced that God is beyond our capacity to understand and will not be defined by any label such as father, mother, parent, king, and so on. But we can’t ignore the way Jesus talked about God. Jesus called God “Father” consistently. He wanted us to recognize that aspect of divine power, love, and intellect. Jesus certainly knew that God was more than a cosmic parent. Yet, he used the parent image to present to ordinary folks how God felt about them. God still feels that way about us. We can believe in being God’s children while acknowledging that God is more than our parent. We can believe that God deals with us as personally as a loving parent relates to children, even though we understand that this relationship with us makes up a fraction of who God is.

I encourage you to pray with these phrases this week. Ask the Holy Spirit to integrate them into your hope and vision, into the way you see yourself.

I am precious.

There is no one else like me.

God created me.

I am God’s child.


Learn more about Shhh . . . God Is in the Silence and find related activities for children at www.godisinthesilence.com.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 171 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

1 Comment on Shhh . . . God Is in the Silence

  1. Thank you (again!) for your messages. I am a facilitator for LTMTP in a local parish also and we are planning to start some new LTMTP groups in October. I will continue to check your comments. Amen!
    Nathan Simmons

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