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Sunday Devotion: 12 September 2021, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday Devotions

Are we listening?

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Written by clergy and lay people across our Diocesan community, ‘Sunday Devotions’ is a column of short reflections based on a Lectionary reading of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use.

“but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” (Proverbs 1.33)

Main Readings: Proverbs 1.20-33; Psalm 19; James 2.18-26; Mark 8.27-38; (Isaiah 50.4-9a; Psalm 116.1-9)

Supplementary Readings: Psalm 138; Acts 16.6-15; Esther 2.18-3.6; Psalm 116; Mark 9.2-13

For some people, their everyday safety depends upon careful listening. Erik Weihenmayer suffers from a degenerative eye disease which caused him to lose his sight when he was 13, but this didn’t stop him from reaching the top of Mt Everest in May 2001. Climbing a mountain where 90 per cent of climbers never make it to the top and where hundreds have died trying, Erik succeeded because he listened to guidance from members of the climbing group.

Erik Weihenmayer’s story shows us what we can find and what we can achieve when we listen well. In today’s Proverbs reading, Solomon tells us to listen to Wisdom as she cries out to us, calling us to listen to her counsel. In doing so, we will find God’s safety, security and peace.

Listening to Christ is important for our Christian journey. The Gospels show us that Christ is wise and that he cares about wellbeing. What better way to listen to Christ then to read His Holy Word, The Bible?

Let us listen to Christ by diligently reading the Word of God.

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