Listening and Walking

A Hau Tree arbored walkway near San Souci Beach

A Hau Tree arbored walkway near Sans Souci Beach

Good Afternoon God.

Friday was my first day swimming in quite a while. The water was warm . . . the day was hot. But walking in the shade of the walkway made me forget the heat.

As I look at it, I think of the Pathway of Life. And I feel so fortunate and so thankful. Yes, God, I do remember the Bible verse from my childhood in Episcopal churches. Those to whom much has been given, from them much is required. (Luke 12:4)

I’ve always thought of it as reminding me that privilege or well-being brings responsibilities . . . and the more one has in talent or talents of gold . . . the more obligations one has.

Giving money to the Church and Charities is one obligation. Clearly there are others — but, I’ve never been helped to find them.

Hmm. That seems, odd, God! Surely at some point people ought to be helped to discover and employ their gifts!

I’m sitting here thinking about what talents I have and how they might be used. I got a “listening gene” from my mom and I do really enjoy listening to people. If I do it with love . . . without judgment . . . then I guess that would be using it as I should.

I know of churches that give “Spiritual Gifts” diagnostic tests and then use them to help folks find ways to use those gifts. Actually, my church has just hired a new minister who is skilled at doing just that! So, God, maybe I will become more aware — and better able to give back to my fellow humans. That would be excellent.

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