Jaded Silence

covered by a gray skyA Gray Sky
sitting side by side
words left unspoken
thoughts left unsaid
love is unconsummated

behind an invisible mountain
standing side by sideAn Invisible Mountain
promises are unmet
hopes are uncertain
destiny is unfulfilled

beyond the physical world
swirling in the slipstreamJaded Silence
moments slowly pass
quietly slipping away
as our time fades
like many others
we live in
jaded silence

~Mark Schutter ©2014

The Silence of God

My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him.
~Psalm 62:5

When we experience ‘silence’ from God we may doubt our faith and even the existence of God. We so often are told the lie that silence signifies a negative experience. We pray, we listen and hear nothing but silence in response to our cries. We yearn for an audible voice to break the silence, to calm our growing fears and doubts.

Could God actually speak loudest in His silence?

God does speak of His everlasting love, faithfulness, power, gentleness, compassion, sacrifice, righteousness and grace. To hear that still small voice, we must quiet ourselves, remaining still and listening with more than just our ears and believing that God’s unending grace will be unveiled.

I believe, God’s voice may be found in…
• The rising & setting of the sun
• A snow-capped mountain range
• Clouds floating across the sky
• A bird soaring high overhead
• The delicateness of a butterfly’s wings
• A colorful rainbow after the rain
• The body of Jesus hanging lifeless on the cross
• The silent echo’s of an empty tomb

We tell ourselves God is silent, but He is not. We equate this perceived silence as His disappointment in our lives and nothing could be further from the truth as He daily shares His wondrous creation and love with us daily. When God seems silent and distant we should desire to remain there, to be captured by Him. As I grow restless in the silence, as thoughts arise that I must seek the answers elsewhere. I remember Peter’s response to Jesus when asked in the sixth chapter of John if he wanted to go away also. Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

The answers I seek I believe are found nowhere else; so I will rest, captured within the silence of God.

Then the sun was darkened,... ~Luke 23:45

Then the sun was darkened,… ~Luke 23:45

But it did not and has not ended there.

 He is not here, for He is risen, as He said… ~Matthew 28:6

Happy Easter – HE is Risen!

Scars Across Our Hearts

broken hopes leave
scars across our hearts
dripping crimson drops that leave a trail
easy to follow for those who would look


few would dare to see the misery

the pain and the hurt

that lives deep inside of you and me


lives are maimed
while souls are chained
the blood that flows leaves us weak and dazed
we pray for healing carried on wings of faith

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Saturday Night Thoughts – The Path


Mark Schutter  ©2010

If you could have seen the end from the beginning would you have chosen a different path? ~M

If we were allowed to see the pain mixed with the happiness that life would throw at us because of our choices would that change the choices we would make?  I know some of my experiences are not what I would have chosen, but this is my life’s path and I would not change a thing.  Life is found in both the moments of joy and the sorrow.  What are your thoughts?