Is Anyone Really Listening?

Are you a good listener? Most of us think we are pretty good listeners, right? I mean we were created to listen. God spoke creation into being (Genesis 1). We hear our mother’s voice even before we are born. Throughout the Bible, God’s people are called to listen to God’s voice, to hear our blessing, our covenant, our love.

Today there is a lot (A LOT) of talking going on. But is anyone really listening? It seems like in the present age, we’re all honing our talking skills – giving our opinions, working on our talking points and being ready to speak when it’s our turn so that we might support our personal arguments.

I just started reading the book, “The Listening Life – Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction” by Adam S. McHugh. So far, I really, really like it. It’s challenging and thought-provoking and something I need.

Listen to this (and this is just in the introduction!): “We need to learn how to listen because all the talking in the world will not make our relationships what we want them to be, and it will not make us into the sort of people we want to be.”

For tomorrow’s worship, the scripture we will focus on is Mark 2:2-9. Here's verse 7b, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

Perhaps listening to Jesus will help to make us into the sort of people we want to be. Right? The season of Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday. (Drop in worship 5:30 – 7:00 pm at RCHS, enter through the school’s main doors.) Lent is the 40 days (not counting Sundays) before Easter. And, it’s a time to for us to intentionally work on our listening skills.

McHugh writes, “We learn how to listen because we want to learn how to love. We want to learn how to practice hospitality, how to truly welcome people into our lives. We want to be story-hearers and not just storytellers. We want to find the internal quiet and stillness that will open us to being changed. We want to learn how to listen because we want to become more human.”

That sounds like good stuff to me.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to listen together to Jesus, to praise and thank God and to be in community. If you’re hungry about noon, join us in the RCHS cafeteria for a pre-Lent Brunch!

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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