God, thank You for reminding us along the way, usually many times, the importance of being fully active listeners before we respond. Thank you that during Jesus’ earthly ministry, he listened to those who sought and approached him. And though people generally listen to our responses more closely after we’ve given them the courtesy of having listened to them, I also thank you that, frequently, people are equally or more delighted when I listen with no comment at all. Amen.
-- Chris Westbrook
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