It takes at least two persons to have a conversation.
And it takes both the speaking and the listening to carry it on.
Often, the listening part of a conversation is overlooked;
yet it is even more important than the talking for a fruitful dialogue.
So, I wake up in the morning listening to the words of my God,
with the background music provided by the birds just outside my window
or sometimes the lilting cooing and gurgling voice of Maia.
I stop and listen to what Anabelle is trying to tell me as we go about our day.
And I pay attention and listen to what the events and people around me
are trying to tell me. Of late, I have difficulties with my hearing though.
I am becoming hard of hearing and things take a while to register in my mind
as I am becoming increasingly slow on the pick-up.
Sometimes, I have this bad habit of hearing only what I want to hear.
That is why I often need peace and quiet to hear and listen.
My prayer: “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”
Sometimes, he speaks with lightning and thunder.
In the case of today’s Readings, he sent a message to Jonah through the tempest at sea.
But the Lord often speaks in whispers or even in the silence.