Just listen …

“Suddenly while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, ‘What business do you have here with us, Jesus?’” Mark 1:23

Someone always wanted information or help from Jesus. Imagine how tired, hungry, and maybe even a bit grumpy he might have been but still managed to be a representative of God’s love.

Sometimes our days go like that. We start out on a mission and become sidetracked by people who need to talk, need something, or just have a question,  but it turns into a “therapy” session. I tend to be patient during these types of encounters, but it is difficult to muster up niceness when tired. But, it’s worth an Academy Award for best actor or actress when we actually help someone, even when inconvenient in our schedule.

Many years ago I tried to get in and out of the grocery store quickly to drive my daughter to a ball game. An elderly man followed me around and kept talking about his son coming home to visit. I tried to ignore him by giving him short, almost curt, answers, but perhaps the Holy Spirit nagged at me, and I stopped shopping, leaned against my cart, and listened to him tell a story about how he and his son had been estranged since his wife died. “What shall I do?” he asked. I said, “Just open your arms. listen to him, and love him.”

Lord, when someone needs to talk, help us be patient and engaging. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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