Hearing Is Believing

In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son,

— cf. Heb 1:1-6


BULL SWAMP SC (CR News) — Old Earl never seems to quit learning. Recently, he was lamenting to Deni how things had apparently changed in heaven. According to Earl, God used to speak to His people. These days, however, it seemed that God no longer spoke.

Deni kindly reminded her husband that there are two characters (at least) in every conversation. They are the speaker and the listener. If either stops doing his/her part, the conversation is over.

Let’s talk!


As we write this little story, we are only two or three days away from Christmas. A look ahead to the Christmas mass reveals that the New Testament reading comes from the book of Hebrews. It addresses the very point Earl has been struggling with. The good news is that this same mass will be celebrated every hour of the day all around the world on Christmas Day. About a billion people will hear the Bible verse from Hebrews read during the Christmas mass in countless languages.

The author reminds us that, while God spoke to His people through the prophets in the old days, in the world today, He speaks to us through His Son.

Yes, Earl, God still cares. He still loves us. And He still speaks to us. But in order to grow in our faith, we must have ears that hear (Mt. 13:16). Faith comes from hearing the word of God (Rom 10:17).


Thanks in part to his conversation with Deni, Earl decided he needed more silence in his life. He had always believed that God speaks in silence, and we hear in silence too. Earl’s world can be very busy and energetic. For Earl, hearing God in the future almost certainly means taking time away from the busyness of his world.

What about you? Are you hearing God? If so, are you struggling with how you will respond? Consider the following three questions as you decide how you will go forward.

  • What should you START doing that you’re not doing right now. Or …
  • What should you STOP doing that you’re doing right now? Or …
  • What should you CONTINUE doing, but maybe do a little differently in the future?


We do no harm with our caricatures! We draw people to draw people to Christ.

That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Vivat Jesus!


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