Sometimes bluntness is what it takes for God to get our attention.
And then we are asked to be patient. This is not an easy command to live by in these days of frantic busyness within which we envelop ourselves.
How does this affect our children? Too often we hurriedly listen to them, if we stop to listen at all. But doesn't God say we are to listen to the children? Don’t they have much to teach us? Perhaps that is why they have developed such keen abilities to get our attention. May we offer them every opportunity to grow in knowledge of the world around them, and may we allow ourselves the opportunity to learn from them.
Dear God of all things big and small, we are often too busy to pause to hear your voice. We fail to respond no matter how loudly you may be calling. Renew within us our ability to listen, hear, and discern your will for all of your children. Grant us the wisdom to hear your call daily and to share your message to the ends of the earth. Amen.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)