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"You can't un-hear things," a wise mentor once told me. Feeling like the words you say to others go unheard can be maddening. But words spoken are never completely ineffective. Words can be run from. Words can be hid from. Words can be buried, repressed, stuffed down and ignored. But words can never be unheard.

God sent Ezekiel to God's people in their time of impudence and stubbornness. Maybe you know people like that. Maybe you love people like that. Maybe you are people like that (*raises hand sheepishly*). The good news of today's reading is that even when they (we, I) try to refuse to hear, it never really works. The very attempt to refuse a word is an acknowledgment of the power of that word and its truth which can devastatingly change us. Keep on speaking people of God. And, maybe, try your ear at hearing as well.

God, it is so frustrating to feel unheard. Strengthen in me your power of trust that the words you give me are heard—and open my own ears to the words that I may be refusing. Amen.

Rachel Wrenn, '11
PhD Student in Hebrew Bible at Emory University, Marietta, GA

Ezekiel 2:1-5 (NRSV)

1 And he said to me, "Son of man, stand upon your feet, and I will speak with you."
2 And when he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard him speaking to me.
3 And he said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to a nation of rebels, who have rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.
4 The people also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them; and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.'
5 And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that there has been a prophet among them.

This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.