The Silent Appreciation

Have you ever heard someone sing in church, the song continues to build and build and build until they climax to this glorious note? And then the song finishes and that last note hangs in the air and you can hear the echo bouncing off the walls and then…silence.

And you know you are moved. And you know the singer is moved. But there is just a very loud silence, and it feels awkward because you want to communicate how much their song meant to you, and explain why the person next to you is rocking and weeping. But how do you do that?

I am not saying that we need to applaud in church, or anything.  But wouldn’t it be something if we could come up with a silent way to show how much we appreciated a spiritual experience that someone has given us through a song or talk?

I am leaning towards “sprit fingers” directed in the vicinity of the speaker or musician, but I haven’t ruled out a designated individual to do a toe-touch for everyone present.  

Or what about giving everyone little white boards so they can express in one word responses how they are feeling. But conversely, when there are bad musical numbers or the high councilman’s talk runs long. I think the bishop might be a little shocked as to some words that appear on of those white boards.

I am not saying we need to come up with something today friends, but let’s mull it over and have something by next Sunday.



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