"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is his faithfulness." ~ Lamentations 3: 21-23
I am reminded each day that the world can be a very loud and chaotic place. Advertisers on television selling must-have items.
Sports announcers comment on players, while the roar of the crowd can be so deafening that the quarterback on the field screams the numbers to a play to players just inches from him.
Even in the car, while at a stop light, the boom base of a neighboring car can vibrate several vehicles.
Yes, there is noise!
All these sounds seem to demand our attention. Besides these "noises," there are those voices within that also seem to want to be heard. You know, the voices that cause us to want to "do better next time." Or, "nobody cares." Some struggle with voices that shame, or try to bring you down.
While all of these sounds interfere with daily life, there is within each of us that still, small voice, that shares these words, "You are my beloved child, and I love you."
The words of a Creator who delights in each of us, dwells within the heart of all humanity. Bringing these words to life can indeed be challenging.
Believing in these words can be empowering to self and others.
This IS the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.
That's what learning spend time in prayer is all about. It is about searching within, while listening to the voice that calls us "my Beloved."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.