My father never would talk about his experiences during WW2 and especially the Korean War. I read recently that when David Halbertson started doing interviews for his book The Coldest Winter he found that it was a common occurrence. The book i’m reading quotes a character as saying ” That’s one of the things books do. They help us talk. But they also give us something we can talk about when we don’t want to talk about ourselves.” Think about it, how many times have you broken the ice with the question, “what books are you reading.” I always asked an interviewee for a job about what he or she was reading as a way to break the ice.
It also is a good way to break the ice with God. We know we need to engage in a conversation, but how do we begin? I find it easy to begin by reading the Bible, a book of meditations, or like today find something in the book I’m reading and start thinking about it in the quiet of my room or walk. Soon I’m walking and talking with God. This week if you find yourself stuck during your meditation read something and begin the conversation. You’ll be surprised where it leads.
Come to think about it this is all about what the Hubbell Pew is all about.