Listening (Artful Devotion)

I'm Listening by Ginger Slonaker
Ginger Slonaker (American), I’m Listening, 2009. Mixed media on paper, 7 × 6 in.

. . . if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” . . . (1 Samuel 3:9)


SONG: “Reverently, Quietly” | Words and music by Clara W. McMaster, 1959 | Arranged for solo piano and performed by Paul Cardall, on Primary Worship, 2005


Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, for thy servant heareth.” Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking voice. Amen.

—A. W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God

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