"I will listen"

Our Leader's familiar poem "Feed My Sheep" (Miscellaneous Writings,pp. 397, 398; Poems, p. 14) is sung by thousands of Christian Scientists, who find great comfort in its inspired words.

Considering the line in this hymn, "I will listen for Thy voice," one may well pause and ask one's self the searching question, Am I really listening for God's voice? What an art it is to be a good listener! Sometimes there seems a tendency to talk rather than to listen, to tell ourselves or others what we know or think rather than to listen to the truth in quiet receptivity.

Perhaps one of the reasons why Moses was chosen for his great work was that he was a good listener, which fact enabled him readily to hear the voice of God. Evidently Moses was not a great talker, for to use his own words he was "slow of speech"; and perhaps because he was "slow of speech" his hearing was not impeded by his own loquacity, and he was better able to hear God's messages.

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The Shadow of a Rock
February 25, 1933

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