Listen – Pastoral Pondering 3-11-16

Good afternoon everyone!  I pray you are all enjoying the peace of the Lord in your daily walk with God. Once again I am sharing with you this portion of a devotional from the Henri Nouwen Society.  Let the following words speak to your heart and come to understand what kind of listener you are.  I say this because there are different kinds of listening. I think this is very relevant in this time of social media and electronic devices.  We spend so much time on tablets, cell phones, and laptops that finding time to actually isolate ourselves from these and focusing on the conversation in front of us can be a challenge. If you find yourself not agreeing with this take notice sometime when you are in a restaurant and see how many people are talking to each other while texting someone or checking they FaceBook updates.

Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.


While you are waiting to hear from God take the time to practice the spiritual hospitality of listening. Our relationships with each other and our relationship with God will be stronger, deeper, and more full of meaning if we just listen.

God bless you as we journey together.

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