Help us hear all those who are trying to reach us.
Truthful but tactful, diplomatic, but direct.
Provide the strength to look past small slights
and get to the story behind infractions.
Help us hear what isn’t said.
As we go through our own life’s travels,
inspire others to lend an ear
even when they’re in a hurry or in a bind.
Make it possible for all
to sense the need in an angry tone,
the fretful love in a stressed mother’s voice,
the silent screams in heavy hearts.
- Ruth Williams