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The Lenten Journey 2015 – Are We Listening?

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The Season of Lent is often characterized in an individualistic manner where we implement the spiritual disciplines of the faith. We fast, offer penance, serve, give, and receive ashes as symbolic gestures of the frailty of our humanity against the backdrop of the eternality of God. However, during this season I believe we should practice the art of listening as spiritual discipline. The gift of listening to someone without an agenda, without trying to redesign them in our own image, and without offering pious platitudes is indeed a sacramental experience. In a culture where everyone is rushing to speak, listening to someone and being listened to is a Divine encounter.

In Psalms 31 the Psalmist in our text is in a moment of despair, disenchantment, and distress. Throughout this passage the psalmist is at place that only the human experience can bring one to. The emotions of grief, sorrow, misery, scorn, and the threat of attacks from enemies captures the current reality of the author of this text. I would argue that more than sanctified suggestions, the writer just wants to be heard. When you have suffered you don’t necessarily want answers but ears of understanding. In another context, as soon as Job’s friends offer their critiques after seven days of silence, they still spoke to soon.

There seems to be no way out. When there seems to be no way out, God can make a way in. In a moment of Divine encroachment, the writer suggests in verse 14 and 15, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.”15 My times are in your hand;”

Our times, dreams, hopes and future in God’s hands. God, the Ultimate listening partner, hears our cries and give space for us all to be heard.

Reverend Rashad D. Grove
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Wayne
Wayne, PA
http://www.fbcwayne.org/



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  1. Shamra Hodge says:

    I am a witness and so very glad that God is listening and will hear our faintest cry.

  2. Rev. Patsy T. Brown says:

    Thanks, Reverend, for the reminder of the importance of listening. The Spirit has recently reminded me of this, also. It is so very true that many only need a listening ear, not advice.

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