The Service of Listening (4 May 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Do all you can for everyone who deserves your help. Don’t tell your neighbour to come back tomorrow, if you can help today. Don’t try to be mean to neighbours who trust you. Don’t argue just to be arguing, when you haven’t been hurt. Don’t be jealous of cruel people or follow their example.

(Proverbs 3.27-31)

Reflect: 

Proverbs is a book of encouragement and often contains practical advice and wisdom for our daily lives. In these practical verses, we are invited to do our part in making good relationships with those around us. We are all guilty of hurrying people, half-listening and making false promises to help others. Let’s be honest before God today and confess our weakness in loving and serving others.

Respond: 

Give someone the gift of your full attention today. Listen to them, engage and love them and refrain from coming up with answers and suggestions. Practice listening and being present to others today.

Midday Meditation:

'The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less. Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. It is an end to thoughts such as ‘I’m in this room with these people, does that make me look good? Do I want to be here?’ True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself.'

(Timothy Keller)  

Evening Reflection:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

(Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)

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