George Fox, whose name may not be that familiar here in central Minnesota, was a seeker of God who lived from 1624 to 1691 in England. Even as a child he was contemplative by nature. When he was 22 years old, he was blessed with a mystical experience that changed his life and that of many others, giving rise to the Society of Friends or Quakers. George was convinced that Christianity was more than an outward profession. It was more like an inward light that suffused the soul. It was during silent prayer that this inner light of inspiration paved the way for his preaching, and opened the way for Friends to grow around the world. We would do well to imitate patient silence, knowing how spiritual gifts abound as a result: wisdom, gentleness and simplicity of life.