Deep Listening

I had lunch yesterday with a friend I see often yet haven’t spoken with in awhile. Yes, we’ve talked, but only surface talk. In our time together, we shared deeper pieces of our lives. I came away feeling a sense of wholeness and joy. When I have the privilege of listening to others and being listened to without judgement, it is one of the greatest gifts ever.

Through faithful listening while sharing stories, inclining our ears to others, we become God’s advocates. This opens us to receive whisperings of the Spirit, which help to guide us along our path. Conversations with a trusted friend help us understand the direction of our life more than we can discern alone.

I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2

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