Not to listen to God who is trying to speak to me is to restrict myself to a disorientated and hollow life. The glory of God is the human person fully alive, and I am brought to life by listening to God’s word. So I pick a phrase or scene from the daily readings to nourish me in my prayer… ‘Lord, what are you trying to communicate to me today? I don’t want to ignore you. Speak, Lord, your servant is trying to listen. You are not a distant God, but in touch with me today, at this hour. You are closer to me than breathing, and nearer than hands or feet. I may be all over the place, but you are with me always. I’m like a child engrossed in a game and don’t hear my parent calling me. Take away my deafness and blindness. Make me a hearer of your word.’ By reading the scriptures, I get to know God’s mind on things; and when I respond, God in a sense, gets to know my mind!
Excerpted from Finding God in All Things by Brian Grogan SJ