December 14, 2012


Responding to the question, “What is love?” a child responded, “Love is what you hear on Christmas morning when you stop opening presents for a moment and close your eyes and just listen.” Taking the time to stop and listen might seem like an impossible thing to do, especially during the Christmas season. Every day is filled with check-lists and an endless barrage of activities and events to attend. During this holiday season, make it a priority to stop and listen to the wonderful sounds of Christmas: children giggling with an excitement they simply cannot contain, strangers uncharacteristically greeting each other with words full of warmth and optimism, a choir singing, laughter around a dinner table, a bell ringing to remind us “it is better to give than to receive,” and the faint sound of someone sobbing behind a closed door mourning the loss of a loved one. Christmas is full of a multitude of sounds; we must take the time to listen and respond.

December 14 – Psalm 5:1-12  God Hears You

In this Psalm, David is crying out to the Lord for help, something David was never afraid to do. In the NIV, 5:3 says, “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” As God’s children, we are encouraged all throughout the Bible to cry out to God whenever we have a need and are constantly reassured God will always listen to us. Jesus told his disciples (John 14:14) all of their requests would be heard and answered by God, and John reiterates the same statement to the readers of his letter in 1 John 5:14-15. For many of us, making our burdens known to God, like David did, is something we always do. However, it is the waiting in expectation for God’s response that gives us the most trouble. Our prayers and praises never fall on deaf ears. We are heard, and we are answered.


· Ask a friend or family member to go to coffee or to share a meal this week. Make a concerted effort to listen. Ask questions about their life and their feelings and refrain from speaking about yourself when possible.

· Take time to evaluate how you have heard God’s voice in the past. If you don’t feel like you’ve had that experience, look for someone who has (family member, Bible Study member or teacher, etc.) and ask them about their experience. Spend some time in prayer asking God to speak to you in the coming days. Take time each day to sit and listen for his voice.

· For Children: What are some things you “hear” at Christmas that make you think of Jesus?