Thought of the Day February 29, 2016

By 10:35 AM

"Many voices ask for our attention. There is a voice that says, 'Prove that you are a good person.' Another voice says, 'You'd better be ashamed of yourself.' There also is a voice that says, 'Nobody really cares about you,' and one that says, 'Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful.' But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, 'You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you.' That's the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen. That's what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us 'my Beloved.'" (Henri Nouwen)  It is so important that we filter out the lies, so that we can more clearly hear the truth. Jesus experienced the lies of the voices around him, but he knew that only the voice of the Father spoke the truth to him. That is why he is found to be in prayer, to hear the truth and direction from the Father. It is not easy to remain in the truth of the Father's love and choice. But if I do not, I will be drowned by the tidal surge of lies.

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