From time to time, everyone needs to find or give an ear. We have issues, concerns, problems, challenges to meet or decisions to make. Often, we just need a sounding board – someone who can give advice or suggestions – or simply someone to hear us in a non-judgemental way. Just talking about things can be reassuring, calming, and clarifying.

There may be times when a problem or an issue is so personal, sensitive, painful or embarrassing that we might not feel we can share it, even with those with whom we have the closest relationship.

Life’s journey can be bumpy. There are turns and surprises, joys and disappointments, questions and struggles. It is a journey of growth, change and discernment. It is a journey in which we all need to recognise the benefit of sharing with and listening to others. But it’s a journey in which we are not alone. There are caring people with an open ear.

And, of course, it is a journey we make with God. We can always go to God. His is an ear that’s always available; an ear that’s always nurturing; an ear that’s always loving; and an ear that’s always accepting. Accept the promise of Jesus: Come to me all who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Rev. Gordon Crabb