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.
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.