From Listening to Tasting
Dear Kaleid Ladies,
Good morning to you!
Today we conclude our short series of listening to brothers and sisters of faith talk to us about the church in America and the concept of “christian nationalism” and then listening to God in response. Thank you for doing this together. We pray that you have been challenged, edified, and encouraged along the way.
The Podcast - A Listening Exercise
When we listen to hard things, such as the podcasts we shared last week, it’s normal to wonder, “where do we go from here?” Today, we are very grateful to offer a podcast called “Loving Our Enemies in a Nation Divided,” a conversation between Amy Julia Becker and David Bailey. Both Amy and David live into the complexities of doing their faith alongside others in the church who are not like them. We believe that their wisdom and honesty will be enlightening.
In the podcast, you’ll learn that the word “arrabon” is the Greek word for “foretaste.” The community of the Church is intended to offer a foretaste of the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven.”
Once we receive this invitation, we are poised to combine our listening with our tasting. We are positioned to hear from God and then move into the world, tasting and expressing God’s Kingdom in new, earthier, grittier, relationally-complex, relationally-healthy ways. We are poised to develop a greater hunger for the now-and-the-not-yet. We can knowingly live into all the satisfaction and the longing that come with having hearty appetites.
The Practice - Listening and Tasting
Today’s listening practice is really a tasting practice. We invite you to set aside 10 minutes today to read the following verses and make space for the Holy Spirit to whet your appetite for the kingdom, using the questions that follow.
As you read, notice the bolded words. Notice the connection between listening and tasting.
Psalm 81:6-16 (NRSV)
I hear a voice I had not known: “I relieved your shoulder of the burden; your hands were freed from the basket.
In distress you called, and I rescued you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
Hear, O my people, while I admonish you; O Israel, if you would but listen to me!
There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not bow down to a foreign god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts, to follow their own counsels.
O that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
Then I would quickly subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their foes. Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their doom would last forever.
I would feed you with the finest of the wheat, and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”
Read the psalm through a few times. Sit silently for a few minutes and record what stands out to you.
Ask the Holy Spirit what is yours to hear today. Sit silently for a few minutes and then record your impressions.
Ask the Holy Spirit what is yours to taste today. Sit silently for a few minutes and then record your impressions.
Blessings to you.
Until next week,
The Kaleid Team
P.S. We also enjoyed this article on Listening Prayer from Renovare.