DEVOTION: Have a Little Talk

by Beth Bondurant
HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) -  In this age of technology, talking to someone... almost anywhere is unbelievably possible. Even through the storms, one can stay on the phone or on the computer with relative ease.

During the difficult teen years, limiting the use of communication devices is harsh punishment as they are of utmost importance to our younger generations.

Talking things over both individually and corporately seems to take precedence.

Communicating is of utmost importance.  Talking things out... both the positive and the negative... the joys and the sorrows...the ups and the downs... the back and the forth... the old and the new... the top and the bottom... the black and the white... the best and the worst brings us together.

"What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there."

O God... you do want us to talk to you and to one another.  Forgive me for keeping things to myself ... wanting to control the outcome of things without knowing or caring what the result might be for my family, my friends, my neighbors or even for the world.  Teach me to communicate in wisdom and love... in hope and in healing... in listening and in learning... in openness and in gratitude.  I do want to seek your presence and guidance in all that I do... although I am so selfish in my attitudes and intentions and close my eyes and ears to much that you and others try to tell me.  Forgive my stubborn inclination and touch my heart to the hurts and hopes of those I love and also those I have trouble loving.

Cleanse me, O God, and renew my technology so my voice and hearing is kindled to new possibility... to reconciliation and true understanding.  Alert me to your call today... to the calls of others that we might have a little talk.

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