“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other.” James 1:22
Today I made an automated payment for a store credit card. If I had chosen to talk with a representative, it would have cost me $10.00. Our society is becoming less connected with one-on-one conversation. Occasionally, stop by to visit an elderly neighbor. However, it is hard to get away, as when I begin to inch toward the door, he says something like, “Have I shown you the afghan I crocheted?” And, the conversation continues.
While working in the church office, a few elderly members would come into the office during the week to pick up a bulletin, drop off a check, or to ask questions about an event. They didn’t fool me. They wanted someone to stop what they were doing and chat for awhile. One of my volunteers said, “I feel as if I’m not doing much around here. All I do is answer the phone and chat with people when they stop by.” I assured her nothing is more important, and I added, “You make it possible for me to get my work done.”
Sometimes I think I have a neon sign on my forehead, “Tell me your story.” I’m blessed to have time in retirement to listen for a while and may be the only one willing to do so.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us ears to hear. Amen.