My wife So Ae often gets requests to play the organ for special services at neighborhood churches. Last Saturday we went to the Hohokus Reformed Church in New Jersey, a very nice, charming church. While I was sitting there listening to my wife’s music, I recalled the early period of our marriage.
We met in college and got married, both majoring in church music. For the past 15 years I have listened to her music and have given my personal advice to her: “Too soft, too loud, dark tone is better,” so on and so forth. Her music is always good. Now I have become a pastor and she works for our church as an organist.
Suddenly I realized that after becoming a pastor, I no longer commented on her music. I just expected that she would do her best. I thought, “I am so busy. I have many things to do. I don’t have time to listen to her music and comment.”
Encouragement, care, and being together, I forgot them in recent years.
Dear Lord, help us to love each other by considerate listening and encouragement. May we imitate the listening Jesus.