Listen to the sound of the falling rain
Listen to it tapping on the windowpane
Listen to the engine on a big jet plane
Listen to roar of a subway train
The other verses go on listing all the different things that we might listen to each day. After the verses, this is the chorus that is repeated:
Hey Mama, Mama, do you hear your children crying,
Or do you have too many things to listen to?
Hey Daddy, Daddy, do you hear your children crying,
Or do you have too many things to hear?
Then it goes on to ask the same questions of the children. It’s a powerful song. I tried to find a recording on the internet to share with you, but it was nowhere to be found. His website does have the album to purchase as a download.
LISTENING TO EVERYDAY SOUNDS
Every day there are things to listen to, but I wonder how much we actually hear. I decided to sit still for a few minutes this afternoon, close my eyes and listen. It was pretty quiet here because everyone was napping except me. This is all I heard:
Steady droning of rain
Tick tocking of the clock
A car going down the road
Faint sound of my laptop
An unknown high pitched sound
A cat meowing
The list is not very long. I wonder if I missed some things. I think I’d like to take time every day to stop for a few minutes to see what I will hear.
Listening is an important skill, but I believe we sometimes don’t listen well. In fact, we may try so hard to convince someone of our position that we don’t try to understand theirs. When we differ with someone we need to make it a point to really hear each other. We may not come to an agreement, but we will certainly understand each other better.
This song by Michael Card called “Will You Not Listen?” is a reminder that God has spoken life and hope to us and we need to listen.