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Reflection of the Week - 14 November 2018
Posted in Faith
The "listening heart". I love the sound of these two words whether they are spoken or read. They conjure up a quiet time, a space where you can listen to and hear what God is saying to you. Times like these can be in the middle of storms with the thunder crashing around you or in the silence of a sunrise.
The listening heart, though, means so much more than that. It requires that we need to listen to anguished hearts of others which are not heard, just as we hear God's voice in the thunder and also the sunrise. We need to listen to the beating of another's heart and also the silent cries of those who suffer, often in silence, and who mask their desperation from all around them.
Dear One, as I come to you, listening for your still, small voice, I ask that you help me also to listen for the silent voices of others so that I may bring your love and comfort to them. May your Holy Spirit fill me with compassion so that I may develop a " listening heart". Amen
No matter what I am doing. No matter where I am, I need to attune my "listening heart". I need to be aware for need of God's love, through me. And in doing so, I can show this unconditional love to others.
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