Monday, June 21

Inspiration from Christine Sine

Christine Sine is the founder of Mustard Seed Associates. She and her husband, Tom, work to bring faith, sustainable practices, and word together so that people of faith, and in particular for her, Christians, are able to transform their lives and focus on putting God's purpose first in their lives. Today, I would like to share a prayer and photo from Christine that I find particularly thought provoking (see below).

I would like to invoke the words, "Listen for the sounds unleashed in the silence."

Again, "Listen for the sounds unleashed in the silence."

Again, "Listen for the sounds unleashed in the silence."

No, I've not let the copy/paste get out of control. I just really want to hear these sounds. What is unleashed when we still our hearts, lives, mouths, brains enough that others can poke through? I heard the voices of the girls in Nigeria being forced into rape/marriage... I heard mothers crying over their children in secure detention... I heard rain as it gently hits the pavement bringing an end to faux summer days... I heard buses rolling to a stop before a 15% decrease in routes is effected... I heard independent people driving the interconnected highway, doing it their way... I heard tears...

Perhaps this says more about the mood that I am in rather than what is being expressed!

I think of the phrase, "Let he who has ears, hear." This is said frequently in the Biblical texts. One specific mentioning of it is,

11 Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 Let anyone with ears listen!

So things to tease out-

...John the Baptist was pretty cool! But the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater...

...the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence...

Holy moley! That must mean heaven is not what we think it is. -If we take the text seriously. -If we listen for the sounds unleashed in the silence.  I ask myself, "Do I have the ears (and heart) to hear? Can I hear the message of the voices unheard? The kingdom that has suffered violence? The least among us that is overlooked? Can I hear that? Can you hear that?

So, let's listen. Read Christine's prayer out loud and hear the sounds unleashed in the silence that will lead to the triumph of freedom and the reign of peace and abundance.

Christine Sine
Christine Sine

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