So many voices, so much noise.... How do you hear the Word of God? What helps you attend and listen?
“During the fourth and fifth centuries, among the Desert Fathers and Mothers in the Egyptian desert, it was not uncommon for a novice to find an older monk and ask: “Abba, do you have a word for me?” Often, the Abba would help the seeker listen for the word of God. These desert Christians seeking to find God in the word meant three things by word. First of all, they meant the Living Word (Logos), which is Jesus. Secondly, they meant the written word, which is Holy Scripture. And thirdly, they meant aspoken word (rhema), which flows forth from a prophet out of silence and humbleness of heart and which speaks to one’s current condition. The Living Word, the written word, and a spoken word are three ways God speaks to us. And to these three I want to add a fourth: writing the word, thoughtfully and prayerfully, so as to encourage your own participation in hearing and recognizing the word in your own lives.”
From: Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith by Henri Nouwen
The Message (MSG)
The Word was first,
The Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
•Of the first three ways, how are you Hearing the Word?
•What are you hearing that is for you?
•Write a few sentences about what you are hearing. Write the Word.
•Hold these Words in your prayer. What is God inviting?