“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
― Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation
What helps you hear God’s call?
While a chaplain at Harris Hospital in the 1990s, I would lead a “Spirituality Group” every week. Often, I would begin with this invitation by Frederick Buechner to “listen to your life”. This week, as I’ve been pondering what it means to “Let Your Life Speak,” (from the book by Parker Palmer I mentioned last week), I am realizing that reading Buechner’s invitation is still a helpful way to open prayerful pondering and conversation.
But how well do we really listen to our lives? It seems most of the time we are too busy to hear beneath the frenzy of places to go and things to do. When I pause and remember that in ways my experience with cancer was a gift, I’m remembering that life is fragile and fleeting, and “all moments are key moments.” As a cancer patient, and later as a chaplain, I’ve learned that crises can become opportunities for deeper listening and heartfelt knowing.
I invite you to listen for key Kairos moments within your Chronos calendar throughout the weeks to come. Are there moments of wonder that open the windows of your heart . . . mind . . . and soul . . . to the healing visions of amazing grace in your midst?
I offer this amazing song, sung by our own Elizabeth Wills to help you “listen to your life” throughout the days to come. And come join us in Chapel Communion at 10:30 on May 10, when you can prayerfully hear Elizabeth sing it live.
Grace and peace,