Deep Listening

If you are patient in a moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow. ~Chinese Proverb


So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:9 MSG

     Patient in a moment of anger. 

  •      Taking that extra breath.
  •      Counting to 3 or 10, whistling silently
  •      Perhaps timing your thoughts to the Lord’s prayer.
     I heard a new phrase in a group yesterday, “listening deeply.” Sounds wonderful. Hard to do. Hard to turn off your head and just listen to the speaker. Hard not to be already formulating your answer because you are excited, or already thinking ahead. Not so hard when you look at the speaker instead of jotting down thoughts, or checking the cell phone. Just so hard to be still and listen.  I can only speak for myself, but the very phrase made me slow down and listen harder, not just hear the words and move on.
    As we travel through Lent together, try to pray for those who vex you, listen to those whose message seems foreign to you just to practice listening deeply. We are all moving forward by the power of God. That alone gives me pause.
      Go with God on your journey today O Reader!  Maybe even considering sharing what you heard deeply.
     Lord, open my ears and hold your hand over my mouth that I might listen deeply to the speaker, know what they are thinking.  When my mouth does open, let my words be kind, responsive, devoid of anger, full of You.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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