This week we look at the importance of listening. There is no doubt that one of the best ways to show love is to listen while others share what is hurting them, exciting them, scaring them or what they're looking forward to. When we communicate with others, it's rare that they want us to solve their problems, offer advice or try to fix anything. Often the best thing to do is just actively listen. This can be one of the most important gifts we can offer people and is a wonderful expression of love.
And let's face it, we all need times to share and express what we're thinking. Sometimes we're the one who wants to talk and get things off our chest. Sometimes we want to share what we're looking forward to. Sometimes we want to tell others stories that are meaningful to us. There's just something special about communicating with one another. It is one of the great gifts of life.
I hope you enjoy this week's blog. Be sure to check out Part 1 of Nick Wright's Lego Build video on 4th TV. It's really cool. And be sure to take a crack at the three trivia questions too. And finally, if there is a family willing to introduce themselves for the blog segment called "Meet the Fourth Family," I'd be forever grateful. Just text me to let me know you're willing, make a video and then send it to me. It's that simple and goes a long way toward keeping us connected.
Have a blessed week and I'll type again after my vacation.
The Letter of James, which is where our text comes from this week, is unlike most of the other letters in the Bible in that it is not addressed to one specific church, but appears to be a general letter written to numerous churches. Its style, too, is unlike most of the other letters in the Bible as it takes on the form of a diatribe (general ethical exhortations) more than a letter. And the final fun fact about the Letter of James is that it is presumed to have been written by James, the brother of Jesus.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John - eye surgery
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Tom & Robin Woodruff - both recovering from surgery.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Esther Sparks who had surgery on her arm this week and is recuperating.