Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Reflections, January 13, 2012

Since my schedule has become significantly busier with the beginning of my classes, I've decided to introduce a new Friday feature.  For a while on Friday's, we're going to have "Friday Reflections".  For ages I've been collecting quotes and reflections that come to me from different sources, and now I want to share some of those here. Friday's, heading into the weekend seem like a good time for that.

So, to kick things off, I have a meditation written by Henri Nouwen:

The Still, Small Voice of Love

Many voices ask for our attention. There is a voice that says, "Prove that you are a good person." Another voice says, "You'd better be ashamed of yourself." There also is a voice that says, "Nobody really cares about you," and one that says, "Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful." But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, "You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you." That's the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.

That's what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us "my Beloved."