This post is the first of three on the topic of mindfulness and listening.
"Now the Lord came again and stood there, calling as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!' And Samuel said, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'"
(1 Samuel 3:10, NIV)
For those who don’t know the context for this scripture, today’s daily lectionary selection, here’s a link to a brief explanation, written by Mary Luti for the United Church of Christ’s “Feed Your Soul Daily Devotional.” After an even briefer synopsis here, I’m going to consider one way that mindfulness and listening work together by relating a Buddhist story I just read.
A twelve-year-old child, Samuel, heard someone calling him in the night. He believed that it was Eli, the priest under whom Samuel was training to be consecrated for service to God. Eli was g...
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Bathing in the Light
A micropoetry sequence inspired by Isaiah 60, 1-6
though he had
only one book
its withered pages
contained the secrets
he had wandered
for decades to find
lost from his path
the woods were covered in fog
between the trees
between the leaves
he followed a light
that would bring him home
for as the Earth
there is someone
in the golden light
of a warming dawn
and above the Earth
we see below
the golden remnants
of God’s reflection
that rise to heaven
to leave their song behind
1 Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For darkness sha...
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55)
In reading the M...