"But they refused to listen; they stubbornly turned their backs and stopped their ears so as not to hear." - Zechariah 7:11
How well do you listen? Do you give your undivided attention to the person speaking to you? Or is your mind wandering, thinking about the next thing you have to do or want to say?
God is speaking to you, perhaps directly, or most likely, indirectly through the person speaking to you. Are you listening? Or have you "stopped your ears" so as not to hear?
Stop what you are doing ... right now. Stop. God is speaking to you. Are you listening?
My God, turn my back to see your face. Unblock my ears to hear your voice. Come, come into my heart. I want to listen to you. Amen.
TAGS: Inspiration, Prayer
BE PETER, NOT JUDAS
Dear Lord, your disciple Peter wanted to know who would betray you. You pointed to Judas but a little later also to him. Judas betrayed, Peter denied you. Judas hanged himself, Peter became the apostle whom you made the first among equals. Lord, give me faith, faith in your endless mercy, your boundless forgiveness, your unfathomable goodness. Let me not be tempted to think that my sins are too great to be forgiven, too abominable to be touched by your mercy. Let me never run away from you but return to you again and again, asking you to be my Lord, my Shepherd, my Stronghold, and my Refuge. Take me under your wing, O Lord, and let me know that you do not reject me as long as I keep asking you to forgive me. Perhaps my doubt in your forgiveness is a greater sin than the sins I consider too great to be forgiven. Perhaps I make myself too important, too great when I think that I cannot be embraced by you anymore. Lord, look at me, accept my prayer as you accepted Peter’s prayer, and let me not run away from you in the night as Judas did.
Bless me, Lord, in this Holy Week, and give me the grace to know your loving presence more intimately. Amen.
--"A Prayer for Holy Week" by Henry J. M. Nouwen
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."