Listen to Him

"He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.'" (1)

"This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: 'You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive. For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." (2)

With Open Ears

Child of light, open your ear.
Shut out the noise and clamoring;
In your silence, the Lord draws near:
Prepare your heart for listening.

Let the Lord still your tossing storm;
Give Him your worries, doubts, and fears.
Your heart will be made still and warm;
Prepared to ponder what it hears.

The Word comes home when we hear it;
The mustard seed of faith takes root.
The Lord our God pours His Spirit
On those who hear -- they'll bear His fruit.

The Lord stands knocking at the door
Of your heart -- will you hear the knock?
And open up as ne'er before?
A closed ear is the heart's padlock.

O Lord, open my heart and ear,
To listen as the Word draws near.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

(1) Matthew 17:5
(2) Matthew 13:13-17