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Day 31: listening ears

Kajsa started in a dance class a couple of weeks ago at the YMCA. She loves it, of course. And she’s thrilled that her teacher is someone she already knows. It’s so fun to watch her dancing around the house now, trying out new moves that she wasn’t so much trying a few weeks ago.

 

Each week after dance class, the kids get a sticker on their card, if they brought their “listening ears”. Great idea, Miss Amie! Kajsa’s 2 for 2, now, thankfully!

 

In the John 11 passage, Jesus has this slightly strange prayer to God, before he called Lazarus out of the tomb: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” (John 11:41-42)

 

Jesus is clearly talking to God about God listening. And though the prayer seems a bit strange, it’s also comforting that Jesus talked to God like this. But let’s think, for a moment, about our own communication.

 

How good are we at bringing our “listening ears” along in our daily routines?

 

Where is there room for improvement?

 

And if we aren’t taking time to listen to God on a regular basis, what needs to change in order for that to happen?

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Taken on April 8, 2011