Listen

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The whispering wind

The leaves’ constant applause

Thunderous in comparison

On this quiet morning

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Birdsong

Water

So many quiet noises

Often unnoticed

In the busyness of day to day

Still

They seem loud in the silence

Nature’s reverie

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Why is it so hard to listen?

To really listen?

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So many times in conversation

I am only half listening

Even in prayer

My words too many

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Am I afraid the silence will yield nothing?

I know better

That would be like expecting the water and leaves and birds

To be silent

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Or am I rather afraid

Of what I will hear when I listen?

The things that will fall away

The things I will need to let loose

To let go

My clenched fist

Falling open

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Stopping to listen is the first act of letting go

The first act of surrender

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Listening a choice

You can spend an entire day

A month

A year

Failing to listen

Only hearing your own agenda

The loud cacophony of the world

Never stopping to hear the gentle music

God is playing

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A small act of obedience

But maybe not so small

A first step

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And as I watch the sun brighten the sky from gray to blue

The ceaseless sound of water and leaves reminding me

That even the rocks cry out

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Creation is singing His praise

Even when I forget to

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And in the stillness

I hear the song

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