When you say nothing at all

I am reading ‘Cilka’s Journey’. Having survived the horrors of Auschwitz Cilka is sent to a brutal prison camp in Siberia. Her friend Josie knows that when her baby is two she will be taken and placed in an orphanage:

‘’… Cilka has begun to wrap her arms around Josie, press her face against her hair. Josie takes Cilka’s hand and squeezes it. They communicate in this way, instead of saying what they fear, what they know is coming.’

Ronan Keating sung
The smile on your face lets me know that you need me
There’s a truth in your eyes saying you’ll never leave me
The touch of your hand says you’ll catch me wherever I fall
You say it best when you say nothing at all

I am using my phone more than ever before to communicate with friends and family. What I have missed is ‘the smile… the look… the touch.’

As teacher and preacher I valued both verbal and non-verbal communication.

Jesus was expert in modelling this. I think some friends with safeguarding responsibilities would have concerns about the way he touched people!

Jesus key instruction to his disciples was that they should love each other; this must include words and actions.

Random acts of kindness encourage us – Easter eggs (or flat-pack – as bars of chocolate) given away, cards made and sent, £20 in an envelope dropped anonymously through a letterbox.

Out walking it has been good to see people making eye contact and smiling at each other.

The challenge for all of us, in times of social distancing, is to communicate with each other using more than words. As Ronan sung:

It’s amazing how you can speak right to my heart
Without saying a word, you can light up the dark

Ref:    ‘Cilka’s Journey’ by Heather Morris – who also wrote ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’

‘When you say nothing at all’ by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz; first recorded in 1988 by Keith Whitley; Ronan Keating’s cover was in the 1999 film Notting Hill

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