Buzzers and Chimes

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  I would like a brash buzzer that warns me to STOP when I start to cross Your boundaries.

Your warning Spirit, though, is like a soft chime.

I find it easy to dismiss that gentle warning.

I find it easy to pretend I’ve only heard the echo of a conscience

Shaped by someone else’s “dos” and “don’ts.”

I find it easy to rush ahead absolving myself

With  a “Stop me! Stop me, if it’s wrong” rote.

God will not yell, “STOP!”

God will not yell, “LISTEN!”

  I  must take time

To STOP

To LISTEN

Or  I will find myself

On the wrong side of God’s boundary lines.

Martha VanCise©2013

A spiritual life requires discipline because we need to learn to listen to God, who constantly speaks but whom we seldom hear.  Henri J. M. Nouwen