The Telephone

telephoneOver the past several days, I have been spending my daily morning prayer and meditation time reading through a wonderful little book by Abbe Michel Quoist called “Prayers”. The book is a collection of dialogues with God by its author, as well as a compelling introduction to the idea of living a “life of prayer”, reminding us that we can meet Christ every day as we go through our lives. If you are looking for a great study on the subject of prayer, this is a great book to aid in your study. I highly recommend it!

Anyway, I was struck by a prayer that I read this morning, and I want to share it with you:

The Telephone

I have just hung up; why did he telephone?
I don’t know…Oh! I get it…

I talked a lot and listened very little.

Forgive me, Lord; it was a monologue and not a dialogue.
I explained my idea and did not get his;
Since I didn’t listen, I learned nothing,
Since I didn’t listen, I didn’t help,
Since I didn’t listen, we didn’t commune.

Forgive me, Lord, for we were connected,
And now we are cut off.

Can you relate to this prayer? I sure can.

So often, in conversation with other people or even in prayer to God, I find myself doing all the talking and not near enough listening. I get so wrapped up in what I think and in getting my views across that I forget to listen. I make it about me, rather than about them, and as a result, I miss out on so much. Sometimes I just need to SHUT UP!

Lord, please teach me to listen!

How about you? Do you struggle with this very simple concept of listening? Please comment, because I want to LISTEN to you and HEAR what YOU think!

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