Tuning In

Offered by Bill Albritton, teacher, singer, prayerful writer…

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard.

When I was a young lad, sitting through a sermon on a hot Sunday morning in  Tennessee wasn’t always a very pleasant experience. Yet I will never forget one such experience when the preacher started out his homily with something like: God’s voice is everywhere. He went on to say that God is talking to each of us all the time. He used the analogy of radio waves being all around us that morning but we don’t hear them because we don’t have radios turned on and tuned in. And then he said something like: We need to tune in to God’s station to receive God’s message to us. 

As Johnna suggested in the first verse of this magnificent Psalm, it is good to get our heads up and look around in order to appreciate the Creator’s handiwork. Perhaps it is good to spend time tuning in as well.

I know I need to be doing more of it, and that means I can’t be doing all the talking. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young asked the musical question back in the early ’80’s: when everyone is talking and no one is listening, how can we decide? 


[Quote from Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Daylight AgainDaylight Again, 1982; Rudy Records, Devonshire Sound and Sea West; recorded 1980-1981]


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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

5 thoughts on “Tuning In”

    1. Thank you and thanks for adding the music. There is a lot of noise (static) out there and, for me to hear God’s music takes some fine tuning. Sometimes it seems God’s frequency is a clear channel station and sometimes it’s elusive but if I “take time to be holy”,, in the words of the old hymn, it usually comes through loud and clear. “Seek and ye shall find” starts after all with the seeking.

      1. It does seem to come and go, this ability to hear God’s voice clearly. Taking time to listen certainly makes it a steadier presence! peace, Johnna

  1. Haven’t been taken enough time to listen lately,, letting to much clutter fill my head. Reminder to be still and prayerfully catch the waves. Thank You.

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