I was tempted to title this post “Shhh,” but I was afraid that would trigger someone.

When I was a kid, Mom shushed us all the time.  It meant we were talking without thinking or we were, as she called it, holding forth. It was time to let someone else talk.

And I understand the danger.  Certain groups of people were silenced.  Period.  It wasn’t a “one moment please” but a “you have nothing of value to say.”

And now?  Now we have noise.  Everyone has the right to talk but so many of us have forgotten that to listen, we need to stop talking.  Because if we’re talking, we can’t hear each other and we can’t hear God.