A Prayer for Listening

The following prayer came across my social media newsfeed this week. I found it particularly moving and wanted to share it with the St. Paul's community.


I've linked to the original blog post with the prayer and included the prayer in its entirety below. I'm offering up this prayer this week, and I hope you'll join me.


"Fiercely Listening, a prayer" by Pastor Katy Stenta


God

sometimes I think about

how much of my job

is listening to those

who are hurt


Sometimes I pray about

all those without ears to hear


Those who are quick to judge

or center themselves

or say, if they had just…


So…


I think about how often Jesus just sat

and listened, really listened

and validated people’s pain,

and then called them by name.


Sometimes I think about

how much of the community’s job

is listening,


Fiercely listening to those

who are unheard, or drowned out our ignored


Fiercely listening

who are hurt,

without judgement

or agenda

…just listening fiercely

to those who have been

especially hurt

and then I

try to practice

that fierce listening

taking to heart

the cries of injustice

opening my ears to hear

and my heart to be melted

Help me to do my job I pray.


Amen.