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