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From Isaiah's "God's word shall not return empty" to Jesus' "Let anyone who has ears, listen!" to this hymn's "Open your ears, O faithful people" come invitations to deepen our faith, for faith comes through hearing God's word. We have a chatty God (Deus loquens) who desires a listening people. May that be us!

Even while we listen, we are moved to proclaim so that others also will hear. Singing this simple and repetitive text over and over again while quickening the pace each time feels like a holy whirling dervish in which we get caught up in the aural/oral rhythm of worship and the ecstatic praise of an abundant, active, and animated God. Hallelujah!

Open our ears, O faithful God. Open our ears to hear your word. Amen.

Shauna Hannan
Associate Professor of Preaching, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C.
Master of Divinity , 1998

"Open Your Ears, O Faithful People," ELW 519

The text for today's hymn cannot be published due to copyright limitations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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