I wanted to share with you a journey a friend of mine, Canadian broadcaster Drew Marshall, is taking this fall, The Camino De Santiago also known by The Way of St James. For over a thousand years millions have taken this pilgrimage as a form of spiritual growth. To make things more interesting Drew has decided to take this journey in a vow of silence. You can follow his journey on his blog, Camino Confessions, here.
Drew Marshall and I became friends 10+ years ago when he interviewed me about my first 2 books. Drew has the most listened to Christian talk show in all of Canada. There are some people that we just seem to naturally connect with and Drew was one of those people for me. We would talk off and on over the years, just to check in and touch base. We had a new mutual friend in Paul Young, author of “The Shack”, and when Drew called me to tell me about this book and that it was going to be BIG. Well, he was right and I have been blessed to count both Paul and Drew among my friends.
I applaud Drew and his journey of silence…especially knowing he has made his living talking. I pray that in his silence he will hear all that the Lord has for him. Silence, stillness, quiet are commodities that most of us are unfamiliar with in today’s world. It is only in the silence that we cannot just hear but listen to our world, our friends, our family, ourselves… I read of a child recently that wrote a paper for school saying he wished he could be a cell phone so his parents would pay attention to him. People, technology has its place, but no one has ever been hugged by a cell phone. Let’s take time to not necessarily be silent for three months, but to take some time every day to stop, look and listen to the world around us.