Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Careful Listening                                 


Psalm 1            
Lent is a good time to think about who we take our cues from and how we live day to day. My study with a Benedictine community in recent years is helping me know the importance of listening.   St. Benedict begins his rule by saying:

"Listen carefully, my child to my instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart. This is advice from one who loves you; welcome it and faithfully put it into practice."


Each week in worship we say to the gathered community, "Listen for the Word of God for you this day..."


There are times I find listening for God's word in Scripture enlivened as I hear different voices:


"The one who chooses to live a significant life is not going to take cues from the religiously indifferent... This one's ultimate concern is the will of God, making daily decisions in respect to such. This one can be compared to a sturdy tree planted in rich and moist soil...The children of God walk in the course that God has ordained..." -
from Leslie Brandt's Psalms Now


In our listening, we are invited to consider how we live. As this season of Lent draws to a close, bringing us closer to the cross and closer to the Alleluias of Easter, may we be aware of the significance of our lives. May we find ourselves making choices that lead to a habit of living that partners with God to bring life to all - resurrection life! May we take our cues from followers of God who have journeyed before us and those who journey alongside us today.


And may we,

Listen carefully...


Rev. Dr. Deana J. Reed 

SFTS Interim Director of Field Education

Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Napa

SFTS M.Div. 1987, D.Min. 2003