One mother described how her teenage daughter taught her the power of listening. One evening after dinner her daughter was especially disappointed and depressed about a situation at school. Although she was tired herself, the mother sat and listened as her daughter poured out her concerns. As the daughter continued, the mother wondered to herself, “What can I possibly say to help her? I feel so powerless right now.” While she listened attentively, unable to come up with any words of comfort or wisdom, the daughter paused and said, “Thanks for sitting with me, Mom. I feel better now.” And that was the end of it – the daughter’s whole outlook on her situation had changed. The mother had done the very thing the daughter needed: she’d listened.
As this mother, we do not always know what to say to ease the pain of another – but as this mother realized, simply listening from the heart can be of great comfort to those suffering. Truly listening to one another can also be great way of preventing turmoil in the church. Paul said, “that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another” (1 Cor. 12:25). Friends, let us listen to one another – truly listen.
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Park Heights Church of Christ