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Tuesday, February 12, 2008
A Listening Heart
The scenery in the movie “Out of Africa” is absolutely breath-taking. I could watch it over and over again just to get a glimpse of those magnificent pictures of Africa. I am also mesmerized by the beautiful stories the heroine tells. In one such story she describes the man she is speaking of as having “a listening heart”. Those words touched something inside my own heart, and I have never forgotten them.

A listening heart – the words make me think of my Heavenly Father, for surely His is a listening heart. When I think of all the noise going on around me, of the multiplied thousands of voices raised to Him in prayer at any given moment, it is of infinite comfort to know that He hears my voice as though I were the only one in the universe. For those moments I am His only child, and He inclines His ear to me. But He doesn’t just hear the words I speak; He hears my heart. In those moments when I don’t have words to express my feelings He understands. When I am afraid, He tenderly draws me in. When I ache with the hurts of life, His compassionate heart feels just what I feel. When I weep, His tears are mingled with my own. When I rejoice, His heart overflows with joy. When I am burdened with guilt and remorse, His heart is filled with mercy and grace. When my heart overflows with love for Him, He responds with a love that knows no bounds. When I have a heart filled with gratitude, His heart is blessed. What comfort, what joy to know that I am known by the Living God is such a way. He listens to me with His heart.

Oh to have a heart that listens; to hear more than just the words. I want to hear the heart of those who speak to me – to hear the notes below the melody that reveal the true feelings. I want to hear with compassion and grace. I want to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. I want to give the gift of a listening heart.

  posted at 12:22 PM

At 4:57 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

Beautiful! I do, too!

I also want to go to AFrica and see what my son fell in love with - and meet the family of the girl he fell in love with. I also have cousins over there, and would love to see Ann in her home setting.

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Ann V.@HolyExperience said...

You *are* a listening heart, my friend. Truly.
Father continues to shape you into a beautiful heart...
You are loved.

At 9:46 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Linda this was such a meaningful post and something that I need to work on... "a listening heart"! It is almost like God had you write it just for me. Thank you so much for the inspirational and thought provoking posts, that I NEED to read. You are a blessing indeed!

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

Linda what a beautiful post! Something I needed to hear!

At 12:53 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

This was so very beautiful, Linda!

At 9:43 PM, Blogger As We Sail... said...

I wish I had more of a listening heart. And even though I know my Father has the ever listening heart, I am sad that I don't "let" Him enough. It is good to have times to mourn our sin.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Bev said...

You said: "to hear the notes below the melody that reveal the true feelings" - I LOVED that. Thank you.


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