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Advent 2019 – Day 9

During the Christmas season, the whole world seems to speed up, so I appreciate your taking time to return to pause and reflect on the real focus of this season. Here we are on the ninth day of this Advent celebration of “Immanuel – God With Us.”

As a counselor, I spend a lot of time listening to people. Some speak easily, pouring out their grief and hurt, looking for healing from past trauma. But occasionally I have a client who does not want to talk. I ask questions but get one word answers. I try to engage but they refuse to make eye-contact. I want to help, but their silence makes it hard to do so.

During this season, we are looking at the theme of God being with us, sitting beside us, anxious to hear our needs and concerns. In Psalm 116:1,2, the author tells us that, “I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath.” What a beautiful picture of a father bending down on one knee in order to be near enough to hear the voice of his child! But what if the child never speaks?

What are your concerns today? What weighs heavy on your mind? Remember God is nearby waiting to hear from you.

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