before the gospel is a word, it is a silence
Since words are his chief instrument, words are what he chiefly has to use but remembering always that the silence that his words frame - the silence that his words are born out of and that his words break and that his words are swallowed up by - may well convey the mystery of truth better than the words themselves can just as the empty space inside a church may well convey better than all the art and architecture of a church the mystery of that in which we live and move and have our being. We put frames of words around silence and shells of stone and wood around emptiness, but it is the silence, the emptiness themselves, that finally matter and out of which the Gospel comes as word."
- Frederick Buechner ("Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy & Fairy Tale", pp. 25-26)