LEARNING TO LISTEN
Read Mark 4: 21-25
Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my
word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.”
My husband, Dan, and I have been birdwatching together
for 20 years. Recognizing bird songs helps us to know which
bird is near so that we can more easily spot it. At first I
recognized only a few songs, but now I know the songs of
all the birds in our area.
One spring morning, my husband and I paused on
our walk through the woods to listen for more birds. The
symphony of birdsong that morning reminded me of Jesus’
words in today’s reading: “Consider carefully what you hear.”
I paused to think: Have I been as attentive to words from God
as I should be? Do I focus as carefully on God as I did to learn
each individual bird song?
Paying careful attention to scripture, sermons, and God’s
whispers in our hearts helps us grow in faith. If we devote
all our attention to careful listening, as I did when learning
bird songs, we can increase
in understanding and
insight. But if we fail to pay
attention, we may lose our
perception of Christ and of
God’s kingdom. If we make
a commitment to listen for God with eagerness and attentiveness, we will deepen our faith.
Prayer: Dear Lord, please help us to be attentive to you
so that we may grow in faith and in our knowledge of you.
Eugenie Daniels (Massachusetts)
Prayer Focus: THOSE WITH HEARING LOSS
— John 5: 24 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
How can I pay more
attention to God today?