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Silence Teaches Us to Listen (via Brian Croft)

Brian Croft writes about the virtues of silence in a noisy and distracted world.
It is a practice that Christians exercise before God, and one that we then exercise toward one another, so that we might truly listen.
Croft explains how silence enables us to listen, not just wait for our turn to make noise.

Silence Teaches Us to Listen
I was deeply troubled to learn that I had been a pastor for so long, and yet remained a poor listener. Sure, I listened, but it was mostly to prepare a response. I needed to learn to listen without needing to respond—just to listen and empathize.
As I embraced silence, I realized I was learning to listen. I heard sounds around me I never noticed before. I felt more receptive to God’s Word. It’s amazing what happens when you’re not preoccupied with trying to figure out what to say or do next.

Read the rest of Croft’s post here.