As we continue our Lenten journey, here is another poem to ponder, reminding us that “Going through Lent is a listening.” In our denomination, the last Sunday before Lent is always the Transfiguration of Our Lord, when Peter, James, and John hear a voice from the cloud saying: “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” (Matthew 17:5). A good way to begin our Lenten journey, isn’t it? This reminder to listen to Jesus? Listen to his life, listen to his word, hallow it, and be changed by it. Lent is a time to slow down, to listen, and to hear how we can “so abundantly live again.”

A Listening | Ann Weems

Going through Lent
    is a listening.
When we listen
    to the word,
we hear
    where we are so 
If we listen to the word, 
    and hallow it 
into our lives, 
    we hear 
how we can so 
live again.

This poem is found in Ann Weems’ book, Kneeling in Jerusalem, which you can learn more about here.

6 thoughts on “A Listening | Ann Weems

  1. “…where we are so blatantly unliving.” That’s piercing! And then there is the life: through the Word “we hear how we can so abundantly live again.” Beautiful and life-giving, leading to repentance and renewal. Thanks for sharing!

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