Well, I did it again (See this post). I became so concerned about what I was going to say, and how I was going to look, that I missed what was unfolding in front of me. Someone was right in the middle of their story, and I was already thinking about the perfect response, rather than simply listening and being present to them. And, unfortunately, this is not an isolated occasion. I do this all the time. I get so consumed with need, rather than with love, that it keeps me from being able to really listen, both to the person and the Spirit. Lord, have mercy!
O Lord, free me from the prison of self, and make me a non-anxious presence in the world. A presence that is not driven by need, but by love.