Advice given too quickly.
Short answers shoved down your throat.
Comments that jab.
These are things that make a soul weary. Tired. Heavy.
As I’m sitting here feeling vulnerable, needy and uncomfortable and wondering what it is I need right now, it hits me. I need someone to listen to me.
Do you know how powerful it is to listen? Listening is the greatest gift that one human being can give to another.
It not only communicates love and value, but it brings healing as well.
What all people want, deep down, their greatest need is this. They all want to be heard.
What do people most ask of God? “Hear me, Lord!” “Hear my prayer!” It’s the cry of our hearts.
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1
Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 84:8
“ Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1
“Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 86:6
“Hearmy prayer, LORD; let my cry for help come to you.” Psalm 102:8
“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 130:2
“Hear, LORD, my cry for mercy.” Psalm 140:6
Goodness, I could go on and on!
Do you hear the cries of the people? We just want to be heard! We want someone to listen. To know us. To understand. Really and truly deep down. To know all about us and love us just the same. To be known, truly truly known and understood. That’s what it means to listen and to hear.
Can we do this for each other? Mom to mom. We need it. Can we listen to our children? That’s all they really want, after all. Let’s learn this. Let’s get this deep down. Let’s change the world.
“… for the Lord has heard your misery.” Genesis 16:11
“You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,” Psalm 10:16
“I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.” Psalm 17:6