Listen for the Whispers

Listen for the Whispers

-1 Kings 19:11-12

 

A few days ago a church member sent us this article that was both comforting and encouraging to us and we wanted to share it with you.  This is an article entitled Listen Carefully by Sue Kidd.  It is taken from the Guideposts publication Fragile Moments:When God Speaks in Whispers.

Not long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn’t know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher. Pacing about the preacher’s study, the young man ranted about his problem.  Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, “I’ve begged God to say something to help me.  Tell me, Preacher, why doesn’t God answer?”

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply–something so hushed it was indistinguishable.  The young man stepped across the room.  “What did you say?” he asked.  

The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper.  So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher’s chair.  “Sorry,” he said.  “I still didn’t hear you.”

With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. “God sometimes whispers,” he said, “so we will move closer to hear Him.” This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God’s voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem.  But God’s is the still, small voice…the gentle whisper.  Perhaps there’s a reason.  Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper.  God’s whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His.  And then, as I listen, I will find my answer.  Better still, I find myself closer to God.  

Sunday Morning Small Group Series – Half Truths

We are exploring the truth behind common sayings, such as Everything Happens for a Reason, God’s Helps Those Who Helps Themselves, and Love the Sinner Hate the Sin. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard them.  Maybe we’ve even said them. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Discover the whole truth by comparing Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture.

Sunday Mornings from 9:45 – 10:30 am


This Week at Hood

Wednesday, July 18 – No Prayer & Inspiration
Sunday, July 22, 11:00 am – Worship –  Faces of Our Faith: Judas Iscariot, Mark 14:1-2, 10-50; a Service of Healing
Sunday, July 22, 12 noon – Fellowship Fundraiser Lunch with Pizza, Salad, Desserts (Salad condiments and desserts still needed).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 am – Volunteer Opportunity, Serving Lunch to Veterans Affairs workers at Tart Park Community Center; We need 4-6 people to help serve lunch between 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  We also need volunteers to make and bring desserts and drinks.

*Get your pens and paper ready—we want to flood our campers with cards and letters while they are at Camp Caroline. Cards need to be in the mail on or before Monday, July 30th in order to reach our campers in time.  Use the address below:
Camper’s Name & Name of Camp
Camp Caroline
3398 Janerio Road
Arapahoe, NC 28510

Beta Camp: Zoey Godwin, Evan Harrell, Briley Parker, Joy Kate Williams
Alpha Camp: Gigi Williford, Nora Williams

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