Nearly 3 centuries ago, one of my early goals was to study the works of Søren Kierkegaard. (However, my brain was not big enough so all I could do was fake it but most people do the same.)  Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He once said that if he were a doctor and allowed to prescribe just one remedy for all the hills of the modern world, he would prescribe silence. “For even if the word of God is proclaim,” Kierkegaard said, “it would not be heard.”

Here’s an interesting fact for all you trivia players. “Silent” and “listen” are spelled with the exact same letters. Did you know that adults spend an average 70% of their time engaged in some sort of communication?  Of this an average of 45% is spent listening compared to 30% speaking, 16% reading and 9% writing.
What we know is that hearing refers to the sounds that you hear while listening requires an attentiveness. Listening involves paying attention not merely to the words but also to the use of language and voice, as well as the use of non-verbal indicators. Your ability to listen effectively depends on the degree to which you perceive and understand these messages. We hear all sorts of things without paying attention.

Listening for the voice of God is not always easy, particularly in these days. Listening for God’s voice can be hard for us to detect, distinguish and understand but we believe that God still speaks – directing our lives, giving us assurances and calling us to particular tasks. Our invitation this day is to encourage you to listen well to God speaking to you and in doing so may it deepen your commitment to living the more excellent way

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Reflection Questions:
If God is still speaking are you listening?
What are you asking God for these days?
How are you perceiving God in your life?

Prayer: Holy God, let me become still so I can listen better to your voice.  Help me to be attentive to others who speak. I do want to faithfully respond. Amen

 

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