“He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?””
Most of us feel like we need more hours in a day, more days in a week, and we have too little time for sleep and relaxation.
With all of that activity, we feel as if we can give only brief attention to any one thing.
Who has time to stop and really listen to another person?
If we ask someone how she is doing, and she begins to give a real answer, our first thought is “I don’t have time for this!”
Jesus too was very busy. In just over three years, He healed the sick, trained followers, taught a whole new understanding of the Old Testament, saved humankind from sin, and set in motion events that will one day make all things new.
And yet, He took time to listen to a sick woman tell the whole story of her illness. And that’s just one example of Jesus’ taking time to really be with people.
Paul calls us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, but we can’t do that if we are too focused on our own to-do lists. If we want to follow Paul’s command, we must follow Christ’s example and take time to listen.
Dear God, I feel so busy, so limited, so impatient. Teach me to slow down, listen, and love others. May I rejoice and mourn with people in their sorrows and joys. Amen.