From the office Annette Roux, Pastoral Associate
2/24/2019 1:52:00 PM
Feb. 23 - 24, 2019

I will listen to what God the Lord says; she promises peace to her people, her faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly." - Psalm 85:8

I'm a great listener. At least that's what I'm told. If a friend or family member needs a comforter, I'm there. Advice? Even better. Then I can tell them the latest wisdom I heard on T.V. or radio. I'm not a great listener, however, when it comes to listening to myself. When my body is tired, I work past midnight. When it's time to chase another dream, I come up with one hundred reasons why reaching my last goal was good enough. Lately, I'm trying to find rare moments where I can have an inner dialogue debrief. In fact, as I write this devotion, I'm sitting in a quiet car, waiting for a friend in a parking lot because I realize I've been running from silence all week. Usually when we're running, we're running from a fear and not to a solution. I don't like listening because I don't like the chance that my subconscious, or the Holy Spirit, will speak clearly and tell me I need to do something I don't feel ready to do. What if God says go and I want to stay? What if God says to end that habit I didn't even realize was bad? I'm afraid to know what I don't know—especially because the God I worship is so revolutionary in the quiet. Perhaps it's time to turn to God and turn off the radio—there might be a blessing in the quiet I didn't know I needed.

Prayer:  God, if I'm running, let it be from the stress of this hectic world and to your saving grace.

Annette Roux, Retired Pastoral Associate

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