Instead of believing we will hear from God at any time, perhaps we should recite this: “I hear from God when I am quiet enough to listen.”
When someone responds negatively to a conversation, there’s usually an underlying reason for it. The key is to look past the response to try and understand.
Challenging emotions and behaviours can ruin relationships, or become opportunities to connect and strengthen family ties and increase feelings of safety.
God speaks repeatedly throughout the Christmas story. But what if the people hadn’t listened? What if they hadn’t followed?