And you will find something genuinely new

“Many voices ask for our attention.  There is a voice that says, “Prove that you are a good person.”  Another voice says, “You’d better be ashamed of yourself.” There also is a voice that says, “Nobody really cares about you,” and one that says, “Be sure to become successful, popular, and powerful.”

But underneath all these often very noisy voices is a still, small voice that says, “You are my Beloved, my favor rests on you.” That’s the voice we need most of all to hear. To hear that voice, however, requires special effort; it requires solitude, silence, and a strong determination to listen.

That’s what prayer is. It is listening to the voice that calls us “my Beloved.”

— Henri Nouwen

Considering both the literal and figurative elements of this time of year, this is sage advice for new beginnings.

Another way to look at making a fresh start – if that is what you need at this point.

Too often, in the dash to leave “the old” behind, you might rush head long into “the new”only to end up right where  you left.

Not on purpose.

Not your intention.

Just seems to happen that way.

Before all of your resolutions begin to clamor for your attention, and momentum can begin its task anew; slow down.

Use at least part of this day to find the quiet.

Shut out the noisy, superficial and fleeting voices that seek your immediate attention.


Seek out the still, nearly silent voice that speaks only to you.

That voice that speaks only for you.

Hear what it has to say, put one foot in front of the other, and follow it.

If you can muster the courage to listen, you will finally be able to leave “the old” behind.

You will actually change direction, not just the year.

And you will find something genuinely new.


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