“Whenever there is stillness there is the still small voice, God’s speaking from the whirlwind, nature’s old song, and dance…”
Annie Dillard—Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters
“Selah” is a mysterious term that has never been completely defined. In the Psalms, it seems to call the reader to pause and reflect on the preceding passage. The goal for this 103rd issue was to find pieces that incite that stillness and reflection, or pieces that use this philosophy of “pause and reflect” as a theme. This edition of the Chimes is perhaps more about what is left unsaid—the suspended breath while reading a captivating short story, the heavy silence at the end of a poignant poem, the spaces between periods.
I hope this issue of the Chimes is an encouragement to you—a charge to seek peace and understanding. With the current, constant buzz of technology and hustle of everyday life, I believe it is time to turn to the arts for solace and rest. I also believe that the creation of art is worship, as we mimic the Almighty Creator, and that the enjoyment of art is worship, as we laud Him for giving us beauty. So I pray this 103rd issue gives you what you need, and that it glorifies our Everlasting and Unshaken Father.