Listen to the Voice

Sunday, December 29

12-29By David Brock, presiding evangelist

…an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”…A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel…”Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel… And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee.

—Matthew 2:13, 18–21

There are two important voices to listen to in this well-known passage. The first is the voice of the angel of the Lord that speaks to Joseph in dreams: “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt.” “Get up . . . and go to the land of Israel.” Get up . . . and go to Galilee.”  [Note throughout the scriptures the multitude of times dreams are the means God uses to reveal truth to humankind!]

As with Joseph, God can also speak in our dreams; through the unconscious. In our hectic, waking life, we often miss the Voice that speaks deepest truths, that provides guidance beyond the wisdom of our own intellect . . . as essential as human reasoning is. As the Voice of God guided Joseph in dreams for Jesus’ well-being, so we as Body of Christ are called also. We read in the Doctrine and Covenants, to “Listen to the Voice that echoes across the eons of time and yet speaks anew in this moment.”

The other voice to hear in this passage is the voice of loud weeping; the anguished voice of Rachel mourning the death of her children. We too must hear the God weeping in Rachel and weeping “for the poor, displaced, mistreated, and diseased of the world” who suffer unnecessarily. We must open our ears to hear the Rachel of old as well as “the pleading of mothers and fathers in all nations who desperately seek a future of hope for their children.”

Rachel’s voice is the Voice of God. The angel speaking to Joseph in the dream is the Voice of God. “Listen to the Voice, for it cannot be stilled, and it calls you once again to the great and marvelous work of building the peaceable kingdom, even Zion….”

Prayer for Peace
Holy Voice, we listen to you through the voices of the mistreated of the world. We listen to those in need of justice and the peace of Christ. We will respond by hearing and sharing.

Spiritual Practice: Voices of God
What is the voice of God saying to us? Do we hear the whispers of God’s longing for shalom; God’s dream of justice and wholeness for all creation? Do we hear the “voice” of God calling to us in faces and eyes, in the sounds of suffering and joy, in scripture and sacred word? Reflect on when and how God’s voice has spoken to you. When did you first feel called to join God in the pursuit of peace and justice? How does that call to shalom come to you?

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will listen for your voice. I will hear. I will consider. I will respond.

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  1. Sharon

     /  29 December 2013


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