Listening for the Soul

posted Jan 29, 2021, 8:14 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Epiphany light and joy to you. I hope you are keeping warm on this exceedingly chilly day in New Jersey.

Recently, I’ve returned to a phrase that was important to me in my spiritual direction — “listening for the soul.” It is the title of a book by Jean Stairs. She describes this listening as  . . . People can name the ways God is present if they are invited to do so. Without the purposeful invitation, however, the ways of the Spirit are not self-evident. Often they are subtle, unobtrusive, hidden in the midst of daily events and interactions. It takes practice to see and identify the grace of God in everyday life. So, listening for the soul means paying attention to the signs of God’s voice in graceful activity and inviting others to become more aware of God speaking through the signs

How have you listened for the soul this week? What are some ways the Spirit has shown up in your interactions with people? In a pandemic world where we have been forced to alter our daily routine and pause, how have you used this space to pay attention to the signs of God’s voice? Consider this a purposeful invitation to listen for your soul and the souls of others, and as you do, may you see and feel the grace of God overflowing ever outward toward you.

I look forward to gathering online with you at 10:15 AM to chat with one another, and then worship together at 10:30 AM via Zoom or on our YouTube channel. Linda Schueler is our featured soloist and she will be singing “Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word” and “Majesty.” Judith Daugherty will play our Sermon Prayer Reflection, “Assurance.” I will be preaching from Mark 1.21-28 and my sermon title is Holy Authority.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish