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Lenten Talk

Author Mother Amy, Written Mar 23, 2017

What is so sacred about conversation?

We spend our days being talked at, or talking at others. Looking for God in our interactions with others might seem extraordinary and challenging. If we take a moment to reflect on the conversations we have with others, we might just begin to see where God dwells in our every day interactions.

Read: Sirach 27:11-21 The conversation of the godly is always wise, but the fool changes like the moon. Among stupid people limit your time, but among thoughtful people linger on. The talk of fools is offensive, and their laughter is wantonly sinful. Their cursing and swearing makes one’s hair stand on end, and their quarrels make others stop their ears. The strife of the proud leads to bloodshed, and their abuse is grievous to hear. Whoever betrays secrets destroys confidence, and will never find a congenial friend. Love your friend and keep faith with him, but if you betray his secrets do not follow after him. For as a person destroys his enemy, so you have destroyed the friendship of your neighbor. And as you allow a bird to escape from your hand, so you have let your neighbor go, and will not catch him again. Do not go after him, for he is too far off, and has escaped like a gazelle from a snare. For a wound may be bandaged, and there is reconciliation after abuse, but whoever has betrayed secrets is without hope.

 John 3:7-14 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)[b] 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.

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Conversations with God are one of many ways to pray. Telling God of our joys, our distress, our hopes brings us closer. Having a conversation with Jesus, like the Samaritan woman, could change our lives. Conversations with our friends, family, even strangers also have God’s grace in them, when we look for it.

Question: Who is your favorite person to talk to? How easy is it to find things to talk about? Do you have that one friend you can call and, no matter how much time has passed, your conversation just flows? Where do you think God is in those talks?

Sometimes we have to enter into stress filled conversations about difficult topics, or hold a conversation with someone we don’t know. How does that feel? How can God help with that anxiety?

Exercise: Let’s do those daily, occasional stops as we have, only this time, stop after a conversation and reflect: where was God in that moment? How could God help make that conversation easier? Was it a good conversation or did it fall into gossip, distress or agitation?

Pray: Father, strengthen my commitment to hear, not just the words that others speak to me today, but to hear how you are at work in their lives. Guide me to hear your truths and where your Spirit is leading me and others. By your grace, empower me to take a posture of listening, care, and compassion, may I hear what You are trying to teach me. Amen.