Even though 2000 years have passed since the Psalmist wrote these words, their relevance is not lost on us today:
1 Lord, you are the God who saves me;Psalm 88:1-2
day and night I cry out to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.
In the thoroughly-Evangelical church environment in which I was raised, there was a lot of emphasis put on seeing God, seeing Jesus, especially, as an ever-present friend, one who “sticks closer than a brother” and that feeling is one that stays with me today.
I have never lost that feeling of certainty that one of God’s attributes is that he/she is that loving and abiding presence upon which I can rely.
It’s also true that having friends who are able and willing to be there for us–to truly listen to us in our time of need–can be a great comfort and an immense help in getting through life’s inevitable ups-and-downs.
Are you willing to be God’s ears today to a friend who may need that presence?
Are you willing to be God’s hands and touch someone whose well-being and whose very survival may depend on finding that loving and supportive touch, that Divine Presence?
Listening to one another is a good start.
May you–may we all–be God’s ears and hands today.
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