The Importance of Hearing


“Hear, Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!” Deuteronomy 6:4 NASB

After 2 ½ days without my hearing aids I have a new appreciation of how important hearing is. My hearing loss developed gradually over time. I wasn’t aware that I had a hearing problem until my husband started telling me that I wasn’t listening. I thought he wasn’t talking clearly. We were both wrong.  He was talking clearing. I was listening, but not hearing well.

The most important prayer in the Jewish faith is the Shema (hear in Hebrew), the first word in Deuteronomy 6:4. It is prayed twice a day, a reminder to listen up to the One God. When I was much younger, prayer to me involved far more talking and asking and no time hearing.

I wish I could say that my thoughts these past 60 hours were about hearing God. But they were more about how frustrated I felt. And therein is the rub. Hearing God has nothing to do with our physical ears, but rather our spiritual ears. That kind of hearing requires openness, attention, patience, persistence, and silencing our devices and inner soundtracks. Unlike hearing aids, these items don’t cost anything, except you.

Hear. ~ Anne

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1 thought on “The Importance of Hearing

  1. Of course, I’m so much more aware of physical hearing with Rays close encounter for most of his life. BUT… hearing /discerning the sweet, small voice that WANTS to be heard is still (at my age!) a challenge. Today, I’m considering how many times I (we) have prayed AND listened and seem to have made the wrong decision … do you know what I’m saying? How lovely if we lived closer!love and respect you so much! Our Pearl starts school here next week… and Marcia is moving here, too!


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