Some people reading this will remember a time when Sunday was a day that most people went to a church service, somewhere.   And the amazing thing was that there weren’t any stores open on Sunday.  It just didn’t happen.  And I was raised in a community (Enid, Oklahoma) where if you wanted to shop during the week, the only day that stores were open late were Thursday evening.  I remember the downtown square on Thursday evening… with people doing many of the things that they couldn’t get done during the work hours of the week.

The landscape of living has changed.  We are a society that never rests or sleeps.  You can find entertainment, groceries or a place to get something copied 24 hours a day.  I remember living in Hawaii when I first heard of Kinko’s.  I was fascinated that a store that makes copies would need to be open 24 hours a day.  It was located close to the University so it made sense.  To know see these storefronts everywhere in America indicates that we no longer confine our day to  our waking hours.  The demands now can infringe on the time that we once allocated to sleep.  And we can get away with it because there are stores and resources easily available to feed our need.

But, back to Sunday and who it belongs to.  The BIGGEST problem I see is that we have become a society of talkers and doers.  We have totally eliminated the need to sit and listen.  Some proclaim the value of “meditation”, but we have made it into a Wednesday night class at the local community center.  Years ago, we didn’t have to make a plan to stop and listen to the universe (allowing you to choose whatever God – or god – you want).

You can pray, you can profess, you can claim it.  You can preach, implore, bless and pontificate.  But, you can’t make progress until you learn to listen.  If you took a moment and listened, you might be surprised at what you hear.