by Fred & Gloria Strickert
Listening can be the most difficult thing to do.
This is accompaniment.
Sometimes a passage like this one from James 1, gives us new eyes to understand more familiar Bible stories. Such is the case with Luke 10's story of Mary and Martha.
"Martha had a sister, Mary,
who sat at the Lord's feet, listening. . . ." Luke 10:39
Every generous gift comes from above, and that includes listening.
And so last Thursday, after returning to the Old City, I had to make a stop at the money changer on Christian Quarter Road, and after responding with a "Next time" to his last forty invitations for a cold drink, I finally sat down and learned that his son was just returning from Germany to begin his residency in cardiac care. And, even though I had plenty of things I needed to do, I paused to chat with Rami at his jewelry shop to hear about his new born daughter Pearla, born just last Sunday--mother and daughter are doing just fine Then a final stop at Shawar’s Bakery and Coffee Shop, where I felt a bit of an obligation to give him business on this slow day, even though I had plenty of coffee already at the office.