MY BODY AND BRAIN weren’t able to work together [following a debilitating stroke]. . . . I collapsed onto the floor and cried tears of frustration. Will I ever be able to do more than one thing at a time? I wondered. Why am I being limited in this way? I had no choice but to listen to my body and focus on one task at a time as I cried out to God.
Yet even this struggle offered treasures in the long run. While I have improved greatly in my ability to multitask, I now recognize and understand that my limitation has served me well in certain ways. My inability to function at a level to which I was previously accustomed—a level our world tells us is relatively healthy—forced me into a listening space with God, one I never could have envisioned for myself. I began to understand deep listening in a brand-new way, and the new pace of my body was largely to thank for the opportunity. God was knitting my experiences together with my breath and body and drawing me nearer to God’s Spirit within.
—Whitney R. Simpson
Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit
From pages 18-19 of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit by Whitney R. Simpson. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What have you learned from your own weaknesses? Share your thoughts.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
—Psalm 73:26, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Exhale: Give me peace.
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