Listen

by: Rev. Evan Willhite

May 12th, 2020

During worship this past Sunday, I was able to play a song I wrote called "Listen". It is a song that speaks to listening on a number of levels - to the moments in your life, to the voices right in front of you, to God who is trying to speak to you through all of these things and more.

This topic interests me because I struggle with it. But there are times - days even - when I am actually attentive to these moments and voices. And those have caused me to believe it is in these concrete, sometimes mundane details, where we most often hear the divine voice. As I say in the song, pay attention to the sound of children playing, to the sound of an early morning rain. Pay attention to the voice of a person speaking to you. Give them your undivided attention and listen well to the words they speak. Listen to them in their joy, and in their pain. I believe that this seemingly small holy act is an entrance to hearing the Holy voice.

One of my favorite writers, Frederick Buechner, writes a lot about "listening to your life." It is easy to hear that phrase and picture a cerebral, detached spiritual journey, but that is not what he is talking about. He is drawing us back into the very details of our everyday moments. He says:

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.

Key moments indeed. See below for the song and the lyrics, and may it be a blessing.

Lyrics:
I know how to talk, to fill an empty space with words
In that empty space, there’s a voice longing to be heard

But few and far between are the times that I have heard you speak
And I’m starting to think that there’s more

Listen
To the sound of children playing
Listen
To an early morning rain
There’s a river that runs underneath where deep is calling out to deep
Just listen

Moses he did climb, climb a mountain just to hear Your word
And when the crowd pressed in, Jesus wandered off to be with You alone

And Elijah heard the wind and the earthquake and fire
Just to find You in a still, small voice

Listen
To the words that people say
Listen
Through the joy and through the pain
There’s a river that runs underneath where deep is calling out to deep
Just listen

Listen
There’s a God that still speaks
Listen
There’s a world in need
Are we filling up all our time with the hurried thoughts of busy lives
Then escaping into things just to drown out the quiet
(When) there’s a river that runs underneath where deep is calling out to deep
Just listen

Yea there’s a river that runs underneath with all we ever need
Just listen


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