“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