Recently, members of the Pastoral Care Ministry team and I shared a workshop, “Creating a Caring Community” with some other church members (and we are repeating it in two half-day sessions on July 11 and 25).
We focused a lot on listening.
Listening is the most therapeutic, spiritually healing, thing we can do for each other.
Really listening. Listening so much the other person actually feels heard . . . I mean truly feels heard.
Would not the world change if everyone felt that way?
Henri Nouwen writes, “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds [and, I would add, our joys] with a warm and tender hand.”
Let me be such a listener, such a healer, today, God.