We hear, but we don’t listen. Our eyes are open, but we don’t see.
We have the best message of love, of understanding, of compassion that we could ever ask for, but we sometimes don’t listen. Or we don’t want to hear, so we cover our ears and hum so the words don’t come through. Or we let the noise of our lives drown out what we really should be listening to – our hearts. I think oftentimes that’s my biggest hurdle: I know what I should do, but I don’t do it. I don’t take time for prayer but watch cooking shows on TV. I avoid a sad co-worker because I am not in the mood. I laugh at someone else’s expense.
I need to listen to my best self, to the message of God’s love. Instead of the Ninevites’ sackcloth, I can wear a veil of compassion. I can fast from the distractions that keep me from listening and seeing what’s important around me. I need to see when others are hurting and can use a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen. My prayer today is to ask God to help me to listen and to see, to hear his word and see the goodness all around me.
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