Regardless of who you voted for in November for President, the victory of Donald Trump took most of us by surprise. Many now suggest it’s because we weren’t listening well enough. Underlying anxieties were going unheard.
We are a divided nation in more ways than we realized.
When wounds go undetected and untreated, healing is much harder.
I can’t vouch for the nation’s ears, but I know I personally don’t listen as well as I could.
The first step toward health seems obvious enough, although not easy:
Open our ears to hear. Then other steps will fall into place.
- Open our hearts to feel.
- Open our minds to change.
- Open our hands to love.
When we realize we really don’t know it all, we can learn more. When we understand each other better, we can love more. And when we give attention to the brokenness in others, we can all become more whole.
Looking back through stories I experienced in 2016, here are my favorite five posts about listening for the other. It’s a lesson I need to hear—and more importantly, practice—over and over.
The kindergarteners were enjoying their parents’ attention. Except for this little boy.
He was crying because “My mama didn’t come.”
What do the statistics tell us? That white Christians need to be listening much closer to their black brothers and sisters. And believing what they say.
Let’s do better at hearing each others’ stories and believing what we hear.
Whether it’s one encounter in a lifetime or three times in one day, God places the right people in our paths for his purposes.
When God wants our paths to cross, he can make it happen.
When we talk about the “good old days,” how accurate are we? Maybe it depends on who you were in those days.
Not everyone agrees that America used to be a more moral country; book quotes from Between the World and Me.
The line Saturday morning was long and talkative. When we have, we give. And when we need, we receive.
There should be no pride or shame on either end.
And a few more posts that made me rethink some things during the year.
But the thing about helping others is we don’t always get to match our skills with their needs. Our perfectionism can become their roadblock.
Benefits from doing something imperfectly (including face painting) instead of saying no.
Will I ever see these kids again? I want to have hope that their lives will turn out good. But will they?
I want these Kindergarten students to make it; will I keep praying they will?
If we do all the “right” things, is it guaranteed we’ll raise godly children?
Pray for help to be a godly parent.
Who in your life needs to be shown some dignity today? No one deserves to be humiliated. How we treat others reveals who we are ourselves.
Book quotes from Writing My Wrongs.
We rarely know where we will die. Joy thought she would die in the tornado Thursday night as it ripped through her neighborhood.
Welcoming gratitude in a crisis is a choice.
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What voice did you hear in a fresh way this year? Did you have to learn some new things, too? Please share in the comments.
- People We Lost in 2016 and Last Words
- Six Books I Recommend – December 2016