Make me a listener –to everyone in need;
They may be strangers, relatives, or friends.
Just help me plant a seed of trust,
So they can feel safe confiding in me.
I want to learn the art—of keeping still;
When someone I love is verbalizing to me.
Help me not to be judgmental of what they are saying—
Especially if the words are shot in my direction.
They may put the blame on me!
But help me not to be defensive…
It is so easy to hurl back the words,
Spoken in anger.
I want to choose to listen,
And help heal the hurts of those around me.
Keep me from the guilt of preparing my rebuttal…
Lord make me a L i s t e n e r!
by Chaplain Don