Today may be something brand new or something very familiar. This is an intention, a spiritual practice. This is a practice of holy listening in our conversations. Listening, not talking, not thinking about how we will respond. Just listening.
We will be writing verbatims, remembering conversations (30 seconds or 10 minutes) as close to word-for-word as you can recall. The practice is in the listening, the taking in of the words. To participate you are invited to write the conversation down.
Try this with one conversation during the day, or maybe two or three. After you have written the verbatim (your words and the other person’s words), leave it for a time. Go for a walk or wash the dishes. Then come back and read through what you’ve written ~ listening for where the Spirit is speaking in those words.
Breath Prayer: “Holy” “listening”
Prayer: Loving Spirit you are always with us. You are as close as our next breath. Speak to us this day. Speak to us through those who are also journeying. Remind us that in our deep listening, we are drawn closer to you and to what you would have us hear this day. And we are grateful always. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.