We have entered the season of Lent; a period of time for self reflection, and also looking ahead to the events of Easter week.

Time moves on apace. This photograph was taken in May last year. The juxtaposition of the signpost and the small bird, with its head cocked to one side, seemingly listening for something, just captured my attention.

It somehow speaks of the need for us to ‘listen’, during this season leading up to Easter. Listening is not easy. There are so many voices, externally; through the media and our phones. How do we sift these calls on our attention?

What about the deeper and quieter voices which aren’t loud and demanding, but call to us from a different place. Here are some words from the Book of Jeremiah; ‘ You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.‘ The words of God through the prophet Jeremiah.

These words simply talk about ‘turning’, and ‘trusting’; attitudes of the heart and mind. There for all of us, not a ‘chosen few’. Not for ‘religious people’, but honest people. God is truly closer to each of us than we are to ourselves.

May the Lord bless your journey in all its twists and turns. May your honesty open your heart and mind in your moment of listening.

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