When I think of loud, the first thing that comes to mind is family. Yelling at football games on t.v., playing card games with much bantering, telling the same stories at every gathering to get a laugh. Loud.
But now as an adult I realize that loud isn't always about volume.
I see people all of the time with loud personalities, even if it is just via social networking sites. Everyone is opinionated, myself included. So what I mean by loud is those who just know that their opinions are the gospel, and everyone else is, well, less than. I find the people who get the most upset about different opinions are the loudest about their own rights and privileges, demanding grace and acceptance and freedom without giving that to those of opposite opinions.
I'm tired of the noise. I'm tired of my own noise and the noise of others.
And in that weariness I am beginning to understand why Jesus withdrew from the crowds to the lonely places. There is peace and perspective when we get a break from the noise.