Tag Archive: listening

Friends

“Don’t judge a book by its cover when you don’t understand what that person’s been through.” –Corrie Louise Rose   Isn’t that true for all of us? If others really knew who we were on the inside, knowing our true vulnerabilities, our insecurities, our wounds, our pains, they couldn’t help but have empathy for us. […]

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Remember

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) “Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” Leo Tolstoy “In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” Augustine of Hippo   We […]

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This Crucible of Love

Sunset and evening star,       And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,       When I put out to sea,  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,       Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep       Turns again home.   Twilight and evening bell, […]

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Look Up

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” —Lucius Annaeus Seneca  Sadly, far too few of us have relationships in which we truly understand and are understood. During a question and answer time after a noontime talk we gave to a local civic group, a man in […]

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Easter Terror (Running Away From “Home”)

Easter Sunday 1994. It was a great day! The morning church services went well on our first Easter in Hershey. Both of our families were here to celebrate the holiday, and my wife, Kathy, my two sons, Adam and David, and I were leaving the next morning for a 12-day trip to Honolulu and San […]

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Take the Long Way Home (To Be a Better Listener)

Several years ago, when I was in graduate school, a close friend shared very openly and honestly about the relationship she had with her dad growing up, “My dad is my hero. What he did for our family is remarkable.” I wanted to know more, so I asked her just what made him such an […]

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The Most Important Gift You Could Give All Year

If you want to be a partner in making an IMPACT, providing TRANSFORMATIONAL counsel and LIFE-SAVING care and in creating RELATIONSHIPS that are deeper and more intentional, we invite you to give to our annual appeal TODAY – online at SomeoneToTellItTo.org or by sending a donation to STTIT, 216 State St., Harrisburg, PA 17101-1109. It’s […]

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Our Human Compassion

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela The blinds were drawn. The room was darkened on a sunny afternoon. Her downcast posture and demeanor signaled her […]

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer–“The Great Listener”

“Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they should share. We should listen with the ears of God that we may speak the Word of God.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954), 98-9.

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