I don’t know about you but these are incredibly busy days for me and my family. In the midst of the busyness its easy to lose sight of things that are important. It’s easy, especially at this time of year, to succumb to the noise. It’s also easy to fall into the trap of leaning on our talents, our own ability and not trusting in the God who comes. It is a dangerous time for our faith. Henri Nouwen frames it well in Out of Solitude:
“Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our lives are in danger. Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures.”
May we all make space, even in the busyness, to listen.