Friends who listen side-by-side, enjoying the evening light and view of Rangitoto.

We give you thanks O God,
for those who listen:

we pray for professional listeners
for therapists
and counsellors,
who hear our stories,
and those things we cannot bear to say;

we pray for physicians
who listen not only to our words
but to our bodies
to our heartbeat and to our breath,
to the tenderness and pains;

we pray for those who receive our stories as they
work in hair salons and nail bars,
for the check-out operator
who asks how our days are going,
for the shop assistant who tries to work out
what we are looking for;

we pray for our friends and companions.
for partners and spouses,
who hear our grumbles and grouches,
our revelling and rejoicing,
our to-do lists and our undone lists;

we pray for our own work of listening,
for the privilege and the tenderness,
for the listening that asks of us
clarity and robustness,
for our colleagues in ministry:
clergy and chaplains and pastors of many kinds,

and we give thanks for You
who hears our hearts
our words and our silence,
our hopes and dreams,
our lament and our longing.

Hear these, our prayers,


Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department.

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