Listening

Over the past  few days, I’ve rebuilt my computer with the help of my new best friend – Sandip Barman. One consequence of this process is I got out of my daily rhythm. I had to be at my desk talking over a speaker, as he reloaded and repaired software. My body sensed stress and the different routine, and it took me a day or two to come down.  After my transplant, my doctor told me to listen to my body and learn to live with its limits. He said it would take time and attention, and he was right.  I’m still learning, but I have discovered that listening to one’s body becomes a way to listen to God’s presence.

 

During Advent we prepare for God’s coming to earth and living in human form.  Yet, rather than renewing our acquaintance with our own body’s needs and wisdom, we tend to tune it out. Unstoppable work, shopping, eating, drinking, stressing, and countless ways we avoid self-encounter dominates every waking moment and lots of our sleep.  As we prepare for God appearing in the flesh, we ignore our own. Take a moment to reacquaint yourself with your body, your heart, and your soul. Pause to listen to what they tell you, and entrust yourself to their message.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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