“While He Was Saying These Things to Them…”
Thank you, God, for the opportunities we have to engage in conversations; thank you for what is gained in the exchange of thoughts, words, and lives.
Thank you also for the opportunities we have to talk to and to listen to you.
Make us attentive, though, to the lives that are being lived around us as we engage in conversations—even in edifying spiritual conversations; they in their hurts and needs and longings just might need our attention and our action.
Give us grace to engage fully with those with whom we are talking; give us grace also to disengage from them if someone in need comes along.
“While he was saying these things to them…” (Matthew 9:18a)