I don’t know if you are like me? When I’m engaged in conversation. I sometimes stop listening. I’m so taken up with what I’m going to say next that I’ve tuned out and so don’t truly hear the other person. Sometimes I even react to a comment without really understanding what the other person means. On the other hand, reflective listening is about truly hearing what the other person means. Many an argument is stoked through not listening. Effective communication only comes when we truly hear the other.

And so it is with God. Do we stop and truly listen to what God might be saying to us? Or are we so full of our own view of God that we miss meeting with God. Being open to the other, being open to God, depends on listening. And as I have been told more than once “Shut up and truly hear the other, truly hear God.