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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 15, 2015

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SUNDAY, February 15   Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark 9:7 “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”

God speaks to us in countless ways. We can hear God when waves crash, leaves rustle, and birds chirp as they welcome the morning. We can hear holiness in a toddler’s giggle, and we can hear God’s pain in the whimpering of a beloved pet. We can hear God call us to action through the nightly news. We can hear God when we listen to our own hearts.

We can hear God in the words of scripture, and in the poetry, lyrics, and wisdom of others. My nun-friend Sister Rosemary talked about being afraid before her open-heart surgery. Her priest reassured her, “Your fear right now is part of you. Don’t try to get rid of it. Hold it, and you with your fear—sink into Jesus.” I could hear God through Sister Rosemary’s story.

But there are obstacles that can make us deaf to God’s voice. It’s hard to listen when we are so heavily scheduled that we don’t have time for prayer and pondering, or for the waves, the leaves, pets, and friends.

Orthodox icons depict the saints with large eyes and ears, and with mouths that are small and closed—an image for us of being present, being aware, and listening.

PRAY for the Diocese of Mandalay (Myanmar)

Ps 50:1-6; 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

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