Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts. (Margaret Lee Runbeck, early 20th century author)

The ability to communicate by speaking is a wonderful gift of God. Friends talk at length, but as Runbeck suggests, periods of silence can be just as important. Listening is an art, and sometimes it’s not what is said that is so helpful as the quiet times of merely “hearing” what is not said. Silence between friends can be of great value.

There is a time for everything . . . a time to be silent and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).