Talk Less, Listen More

Recently, I talked too much.

This may not come as a surprise to some who know me, but in this instance I am being very serious.

I spoke to a person I admire and love very much and poured out some of my frustrations in a way that caused her to think I was angry with her.

I do that in prayer sometimes, too. The difference is that God can and will take whatever I dish out. That is not true with my friends, or other humans.

This experience also reminds of something I read recently about prayer. “Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. . . . It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” The author? Mahatma Gandhi.

human earIt is not that we cannot talk with or to God, but it is important to remember that we will be best served when we yearn to hear what God has to say to us. 

That also is true with our friends. It certainly was true with my friend. I long for more connection with her.  Certainly, she will not ever know that if she does not feel heard by me.  

Help me listen more, and talk less, God.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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