Daily Worship

Listening with intent

June 30, 2020 0
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Jeremiah 28:8-9 (NRSVA)

8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.’

Oh how quick we are

to hear words of doom and gloom

to devour the scaremongering

and regurgitate fear

And in the feeding frenzy of catastrophe

we are slow to pick up on

the whispered words of peace

that weave their way wraithlike

through the chaotic cacophony that sells news.

Caught up in the thick of it

we rarely step back far enough

out of the melee

into the shallows

where the calmer, gently lapping waves

soothe and console

and set up a rhythm

that comforts the soul

dispensing healing balm

on troubled spirits

creating space

for peace to emerge.

Enable us O God

to discern your voice of peace

amidst the noise of conflict

And to follow you along the paths of peace.