Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen. (Luke 9:33-36)
Like Peter in today’s Gospel, I often do not know what I am saying. I think I know but when I share my faith and beliefs, it can often be a bit confusing for the listener. I am finding a real blessing in listening. The Holy Spirit seems to really stir in me when I listen to others through conversations and reading. And today the Father tells Peter, James and John to listen to Jesus. I am learning that it is much harder to listen to Jesus when I continue talking.
It is late and I am in a very prayerful and silent room. It is very quiet. I am watching two of my grandchildren sleeping peacefully as they are staying with us this weekend. Their breathing is God’s whisper. As God speaks through them I hear his voice telling me how much he loves me with these two precious gifts he has given me. How can I ever make a return to God for the blessings I receive from these beautiful children? I cannot, but what I can do is what Jesus has told me, “Be still and know that I am here.” Silence truly is Golden. Hopefully, I will continue to listen to the whispers of God. Amen.