Let Us Listen

I read Life Together before my senior year of college as required reading for two different communities I was a part of at the time.Today, I found it here.

Reading this again reminds me I am still a work in progress many years later. I have not learned to listen.

From the book that first began to teach me how to live in community…

The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for other Christians is learning to listen to them. God’s love for us is shown by the fact that God not only gives us God’s Word, but also lends us God’s ear. We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them. So often Christians, especially preachers, think that their only service is always to have to ‘offer’ something when they are together with other people. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking when they should be listening. But Christians who no longer listen to one another will soon no longer be listening to God either; they will always be talking even in the presence of God.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

Yoga and Christianity

I never really gave serious consideration to the spiritual origins of yoga, especially because the power yoga class I usually do is anything but spiritual. (We listen to Lenny Kravitz and do hula hoop motions most days.) Reader Chili T turned me on to this article in Her.meneutics by a woman who used to do FOCUS (young life for rich kids). She discusses how although it has Hindu origins, yoga can be used as a physical response to what we know to be true about God. Like the author, I’ve often used yoga poses in my own prayer life.

I’ve also learned to breathe, and that has changed me.