Learning is something we can
all do. Primarily, we learn by doing. Watching students prepare
for tests, they do homework and pre-tests. Athletes, well they practice.
This form of learning is through repetition. But often times repetition
is not the option we have, the only option is listening. Listen is very
different than hearing. I hear the birds and find the music pleasant or
maybe annoying. But when I listen to the birds as they sing, I an
invited into their life, their day. Listening then is about a
connection, an understanding.
Hear the Good News, Jesus
reminds us that there is in fact a difference between knowing and
understanding, hearing and witnessing. We are told constantly of God's
love for us, yet we continue to be hard on ourselves for things we cannot
control, we feel powerless about things we can control and even come to
despise our very being. Oh, what it must be like to experience the power
of grace and love within our life, in the midst of feeling powerless and
unloved, without worth. I am ready to listen, please speak, please
remind me of what I mean to You.
must I do to listen? I feel like I miss so much in my life, I hope I have
not missed your presence today, but in even this prayer, I forget the promise
that You are with me through thick and thin. You have put people in my
life to remind me of my part in the world, yet why do I feel so alone.
Quite my heart and my thoughts that I might hear You speak to me today. Thank
you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do
in my life. Amen.