Sunday, 9 August 2015

Observe Wait Listen

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.148)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 6:41-51
At this, the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered.  “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God. 

Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.

No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.  Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.  Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.  But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.  I am the living bread that came down from heaven.

Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” 

Do you know how hard it is for parents to cease their chatter for a few minutes so they can listen to their child? For a child to develop their speech and language, they first must be heard. 

As a child health nurse, I spend time with parents of children with speech delay. A basic strategy to promote development is the OWL strategy. (Hanen)

Observe: Spend a few minutes observing your child's facial expressions, body language, choice of play.  

Wait: Say nothing. Count to 10 if necessary and wait for your child to communicate to you. 

Listen: If you have followed the first two steps it is inevitable that your child will 'say' something. Depending on their stage of development, it may only be a babble or it could be a combination of words. 

Now that you are in tune with your child you can 'answer' them.

I have demonstrated this practice many times and it can be incredibly difficult for parents not to interject with a comment. However, once we persevere, parents are often astounded at how many opportunities they have missed communicating with their child because they simply didn't listen.

Try it in your prayer life. The difference is that when we listen to the Father, we not only hear His words, but we meet His Son.

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Louise Crossley  Friday 14th August, 2015