By: Maggie Leonard
Reflection—v. 4, ‘Are you the one who is to come or should we look for another?’
Even from prison, John is a clear communicator. He does not make assumptions, but rather asks genuine questions and waits with patience for the answer. Our minds frequently concoct stories in our heads that are much more dramatic than reality. If I’ve recently been offended by someone and have a long car ride or hike ahead of me, I can play out our impending confrontation for hours and feel that it’s still incomplete. In reality, the conversation takes ten minutes. Recently I’ve started to worry that we are losing that ability to ask one another questions without anticipating the answers—our ability to really hear and honor one another. Somehow our own experiences best that of another person, when in reality they were never in competition. My prayer is that we can become a people who ask questions and who deeply listen to the responses.
Prayer Oh Holy One, you know our sighs when we have not words to pray. You hear our questions, and you always respond. Help us to hear more clearly and lovingly the responses.