The group of 20-somethings were at the table beside us in this rather upscale restaurant. None of them let their iPhones out of their sight or out of their hands the whole meal. Heads were down checking the newsfeed, not much conversation. In contrast, our table of 50-somethings had one iPhone out once to end the debate of when Trudeau Sr. was Prime Minister. It was a contrast and a statement on who were attentive to one another in social interactions; who were more social on media than face-to-face.
I wonder if the same could be said of Christians, not only in our prayer life, but in our attentiveness to all aspects of our faith. Are we giving our whole selves in listening to the scriptures read aloud in worship? Are we attentive not only to the Sunday preacher, but to how we are putting the word into action? Are we as in awe of the reading/hearing of the Word of God as the people in Nehemiah’s day? The mindfulness movement of our time has something to teach Christians: be present, be “in the moment,” be attentive to here and now, open to where the message is calling, open to give full consideration to God and creation.
Open our ears, O God Keep us focused on you Let us hear your Word. Amen. — KJB