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The Listening Heart


One of the Greatest Gifts We Can Ever Give is Our Attention


Poem Copyrighted - Debbie Porter (2002)


"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
~ Jeremiah 29:12 NIV ~



From the moment that she saw me,
The words began to flow.
An endless stream of stories
That began three days ago.

The camp had been a winner.
It hadn't been a bore.
As she talked I paid attention -
That's what mother's ears are for!

As we drove along, another voice
Joined in from time to time.
With his sister in the spotlight
It just seemed too great a crime.

Arriving home did not deter
My daughter's verbal stream.
The torrent kept on coming
As she built upon her theme.

And all the time I listened,
With a smile upon my face.
For this time was very special -
Like a kiss, or an embrace.

The clock ticked on regardless,
And it didn't seem that long
Before two hours had vanished.
Filled with words, that time was gone.

At last the conversation slowed,
And she headed for the door.
But before I started work again,
My son walked in for more.

The look upon his face was clear,
He was really unimpressed.
Then what proceeded from his mouth
Showed the boy was really stressed.

He'd quite enjoyed those peaceful days,
Of his sister's school convention.
For three days straight he'd felt that he
Was the centre of attention!

And though I gave an ear to him
As he shared this tale of woe,
He had to get the message
That this mood just had to go!

Finally, the room was still,
'Cause all talking now was done.
At last my ears could take a break
From the daughter and the son.

But as I started back to work,
My mind was still exploring
All those things my children shared
In that time of great outpouring.

God's Word is very clear to say
That all children need to be
Good listeners to their parents,
For the wisdom given free.

How right this, but even so,
Here's another thought that's true,
As parents we can learn a lot,
If we'll only listen too!

A listening ear is something
That's a gift and precious prize.
But a listening heart's a treasure
With great value in God's eyes.

And when the years have passed on by
And our children all are grown,
We won't regret those hours we spent
As they shared their lives at home.

They may, one day, move far away,
But they'll know how much we care,
And that our ears are always open,
Anytime and anywhere.

'Cause that's exactly how it's been
With parents throughout time -
A reflection of the Father's heart,
Of His love that's quite sublime.

For no matter where we are,
And no matter what we do,
God's listening heart is open
To His children - me and you!


~ Debbie Porter ~





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