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07/15/10
The D.Bonhoffer quote was excellent and your intro to it, masterful. A. Lincoln's idea of "being present" was also mentioned recently by Os Guiness, still a very important topic to explore. This sounds like an article in the making. Very encouraging to those of us who need to listen more.
07/15/10
Well done and much needed in the body of Christ. I didn't get the quote from Mr. Chapman, but loved the other quotes. Listening as a manifestation of our love. Right on!
07/18/10
I like your take on the topic.
I love being around good listeners and work to be one myself.
Enjoyed reading.

Mona
07/18/10
Thanks for this well written reminder of the importance of REAL listening. It's so true... we often listen with only part of our attention, and our brains know how to "multitask," too. Good food for thought!
07/18/10
This was honestly one of the most engaging, well written non-fiction/articles/devotionals I have read here at FaithWriters. Well done!
07/19/10
My husband has a "Hershel" in his life too. He goes out the shop (we own an auto repair shop) and takes up a lot of my husband's time talking. My husband understands the art of being a good listener and carrying about this man. I'm the one who needed to hear thee truth in this story. Thanks for sharing. It has impacted me. I'll need to reread this a few more times and do a little more meditating on what God is trying to say through this piece.
07/19/10
What a beautiful devotion - I really enjoyed it! Firstly, because we don't see all that many devotions on FW; and secondly, because it was a relevant message. I am a sucker for quotes and just loved the way they were interspersed throughout your story. I also loved your Hershel character and the regrets about him in later years. I think most of us can think of someone like that in our life. Well done!
07/19/10
I have thought that why about the "Hershel's" in my life too. I look back at how I acted toward a person who I viewed as annoying and I wonder, "How might I have shown more love to them?" They were most likely just in need of a friend. Would it be too much to really listen?

Great title and marvelous message throughout! I think we should all do more listening to what we hear. :)
07/19/10
Note: I meant to say: "I have thought that way..."

Anyway ... hehe! :)
07/19/10
Excellent message intermingled with excellent advice.
07/20/10
Very well written and challenging story. It convicted me! We let an old man whose Harley Davison broke down park on our drive whilst he got it fixed. He's an artist and was so thankful we helped him out that he keeps calling to show us his latest art work. My wife is wonderful with him - I struggle - will definitely try harder next time.
07/20/10
You have a challenging message here, one that is needed. I really like where you took this and your illustration with the story from your childhood.