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.
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” much harder to listen to Jesus when I continue talking.” It is hard to listen to anyone, when I keep talking! I mention this very thing in an earlier piece, “What do people do, who don’t have Jesus?”. (you might like it.) I am learning to just breathe and listen, particularly when someone says something that I disagree with; I am so quick and ready to argue but often I find that listening, in addition to building trust with them, often takes the conversation to a place where I can more gently nudge a shift of heart in that person.
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I agree with you! And to add, having peace at moments when I disagree with others is a great grace.
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By the way, you reminded me, when you quoted Jesus in “Be still and know that I am here,” to tell you that the piece I will be posting today is about my awareness of the presence of Jesus. I hope you like it.
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