Dear Listeners,

In English translations, the word “voice” appears 325 times in the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible. To hear someone’s voice is to encounter what may be most distinctive about the person. “Song of Songs” speaks affectionately as to what this means.

Hear the words of the poet to their lover, “O my dove, in the cleft of the rock,
                                                                        in the covert of the cliff,
                                                                         let me hear for your voice is sweet;
                                                                          and your face is lovely.”
(Song of Solomon 2:14)

When my bride Amy is away on a rare trip without me, I am eager to hear her voice on the phone. When she calls, my pulse can race as it did that first night I chased her across the Dana College campus seeking to hear her voice in a one on one conversation for the first time. There is power in hearing the voice of your lover.

In John 10:27 Jesus says, ”My sheep hear my voice and they listen.” The scriptures refer to sheep 325 times. Often the comparison is that sheep are like followers of Jesus. Sheep are willing to listen to the shepherd who loves them. Sheep also want to be led.

Are you ready to listen and be led? Do you have the capacity to be “sheep-like”?

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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