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Yesterday, we asked…What would it look like to love God with one of the most precious gifts God has given – our body.   Is this one way to embody Jesus’ command to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind?  Yesterday we said something about our eyes; today we turn to our ears…

Those who have ear let them hear

In the book of Revelation John provides an interesting image of God’s voice.  For John, God’s voice is something to be heard and seen.  John hears God’s voice “like a trumpet,” but then he turns to also “see” God’s voice speaking to him.  What must it have been like to hear the voice of God?  To see God’s voice?

If we’re honest with ourselves, we are often skeptical of God’s voice.  How and why would God speak to us?  We’ve never heard, much less seen, God’s voice.  At the very least, we relegate God’s voice to ages past.  God speaking was something that happened long ago.  God spoke to Abraham and Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah.  God called out to Mary and Paul.  But God’s voice – whether seen or heard – was for some other people in some other place at some other time.

But has God really stopped speaking?  Has the voice of God gone silent?  Has God’s voice, both it’s sound and it’s beauty, really been lost for our day?  Surely not.  Perhaps it’s not God’s voice that has grown quiet.  Maybe it’s our ears that have failed.  Could it be that our ears are directed elsewhere?  Are our ears too full of the noise that surrounds us?  Are our ears too busy?

If you’re like me, everywhere you go noise is being pumped into your ears.  The radio in the car blasts music and ranting talk show hosts.  The television in the living room drones with noise.  The cell phone (or bluetooth headset) is held tightly to our ears and mouth.  The iPod earbud wires dangle from our ears.  We are “plugged in” people.  We are people with busy ears.

Could it be, we are so “in touch” (with one another) that we are not “in touch” (with God).  We are so plugged in to our social and professional networks that we are not plugged and tuned in to God.

God wishes to speak to us.  God calls us, sometimes loudly, sometimes softly.  At times God’s voice comes as a loud trumpet, echoing in our ears and springing us into action.  Other times God’s call is subtler, gentler.  It is as that favorite hymn proclaims, “Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me.”  God desires to reach us; to let us know God is thinking of us; to let us know God loves us.  God is our calling shepherd, and we are God’s listening flock.

Those who have ears let them hear.

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Do you have any interests or hobbies that others might find interesting? Is there something you enjoying doing that might surprise even your closest friends and family? For example, maybe you like older, classic movies and t.v. shows. Perhaps you like to read comic books. Or maybe you enjoy playing golf. Maybe you like to follow politics. Has it ever happened to you that this “information” becomes public?

The other day, I found myself in this situation. After class some friends and I were talking, and I made a jazz music reference. “Jazz music!?!” they said. “You listen to jazz? You, the guy from Kentucky that is always singing Johnny Cash and George Strait tunes, likes jazz?” Well, yeah, actually I do.

Isn’t it funny when people try to put your personality or interests into one neatly arranged box? All around us people try to fit us with one-size-fits-all labels. Southerner. Country folk. Urbanite. Conservative. Liberal. Sports Fanatic. TV Junkie. Labels surround us in our family, with our friends, and at work. However, I’m not sure I like having to fit into another person’s single label for me. Why can’t I be a southerner who likes country music and jazz music. In fact, the more I think about such labels, I realize I’m only comfortable with one label: Christian

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