Listening

Listening
In the midst of such pain and helplessness, listening might seen indulgent and slow
But before we act, we need an unrushed open space of understanding
There are too many things we don’t understand, can’t grasp, are overwhelmed by
Listening
It’s not a do nothing kind of attitude
It’s not an apathetic silence
It’s a curious and ready precursor to how I’m going to join the work
Listening that moves us to action
Listening that makes us aware of our complacency, our assumptions, our own ill contributions
Listening that crushes our hearts
Listening that rebalances the power between “us” and whoever is on the other side
The “enemy”, the marginalized, the idolized
Listening
An open, curious humility that proves we’re more alike than we are different
That reshapes the easy narrative we can live when we’re at an arms length from others
That rebuilds a unity driven by hope
If we can listen like this
If we can hold this space, pause the judging and open our eyes
It will pull us into action
You won’t just see the hungry but you’ll give the five loaves and 2 fish
You’ll go out and vote
You’ll contact your representative to ban assault weapons
You’ll reach out to say I don’t know what to say but I mourn with you
You’ll stop being so defensive when told about your micro aggressions
You’ll stop blaming the kids from poor neighborhoods for incarceration that is a systemic issue
You’ll go and volunteer at the local community organization to give time to one life at a time
You’ll stop acting so quickly thinking YOU are the savior, You’re not.
You’ll walk the streets of London for a prayer tour
You’ll beg God to move mountains of healing, forgiveness, reconciliation
You’ll create films that break you and mending means generosity and activism
You’ll use your privilege to equal the playing field
Listening
Is more than sitting back and doing nothing
It’s the beginning of action, of hope, of seeing that all of us are in need
All of us are created in the image of God
All of us deserve love and care and safety
All of us long for trust and hope
Maybe these similarities are stronger than our presupposed differences
That we’re fighting the same enemy of hate and apathy
Listening itself is healing
You’re not alone

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