listen vs silent

Listen and silent have the same letters but they are not the same activity. Lord help me to listen to you and to other people. Truly listen. Help me to hear what is truly being said not just the words but the heart of the words. Forgive me for not always listening when I am silent.

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

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