As we prepare for our 40-day journey of Lent, we “turn around” (the root meaning of the word “repent”) from the distractions of daily noise and focus our attention on listening in a deeper way. Writer Parker Palmer suggests we must listen “to what our life is telling us”–in other words, to listen to the deep wisdom God gave to us as a birthright, connecting to God’s purpose once again.
Have you ever misplaced your phone–which is on vibrate of course–and then asked someone to call it? We get really still and really quiet. Our ears perk up in all directions in order to be ready to hear that little buzz. It is a quieting down and high alert all at the same time. This Lent we will quiet things down and heighten our attention to the “still, small voice” of God and our own True Self. Listening through prayer as well as meditation on holy texts is an ancient Lenten practice. Come and rest, come and listen.
Sundays at 10 am each week February 18 – Finding Your Cave: Listening Spaces
February 25 – Finding Your Breath: Listening to our Bodies
March 4 – Finding a Word: Listening to the Texts
March 11 – Finding Your Power: Listening for Healing
March 18 – Finding Your Mystic: Listening Beyond the Voices
March 25 – Finding Your Purpose: Listening to Your Heart
During the Season of Lent
Ash Wednesday – February 14 at 7 pm Finding Your Life: Listening Deeply
Good Friday – March 30 at 7 pm Hearing the Still, Small Voice: Finding Your Own
During the Advent season, we have heard the stories of angel appearances heralding incredible news of the birth of a Messiah. These messengers didn’t appear to kings and rulers or courts or the privileged of society. They came to an old and barren couple, a young girl (barely a woman), a simple and humble man betrothed to her, and finally, to lowly shepherds on a hillside. They came to ordinary people. God worked through ordinary people and did extraordinary things. And so it is that God works through us every time we offer messages of hope, peace, joy, and love to an anxious world. We are called to fly in the face of fear–to be angels among us.