Listening and being listened to

By Lynne fcJ, first appeared in the FCJ Sisters’ Blog

I spend a lot of time listening to people in my ministry, and one of the things I have noticed is that speaking, or asking questions, whilst useful at times, are not particularly important.

Mostly people just need to be listened to.

As we express ourselves, share our story, talk through our ups and downs, our fears and joys we feel connected, held and cared for. The wisdom we need is so often to be found simply in the companionship of someone else, the knowledge that we are not on our own.