Start by Listening

Start by Listening

Chorus:
If we want to love our neighbor
Gotta start by listening, listening, listening
If we want to love our neighbor
Gotta start by listening, listening, listening

Verses:

1. Listen | to the people | living near us | who are hurting (2x)
2. Listen | just like Mary | when she sat down | next to Jesus (x2)
3. Listen | to deaf neighbors | speaking to us | in their signing (x2)
4. Listen | to the reptiles | and the llamas | and the bunnies (x2)
5. Listen | to the kitties | who are sleeping | on the sofa (2x)
6. Listen | to the tall trees | making fresh air | that we all need (2x)
7. Listen | God is speaking | in the people | all around us (2x)


Earth Day Verses:

Listen | to the stream flow | past the boulders | in the rapids
Listen | to the robin | as she warbles | in the elm tree
Listen | to the chorus | of the birdsongs | as the day break
Listen | to the crickets | pulsing gently | in the dark night
Listen | to the wind blow | in the branches | of the aspen
Listen | to the silence | of the starlight | in the night sky

Words by Bret Hesla and South Minneapolis Day Camp. Music by Bret Hesla.
© 2018 Bret Hesla. All rights reserved. Use with permission, please.
Licensed via OneLicense.net, Contact: Bret.hesla@gmail.com.

In the book One Square Inch of Silence, Gordon Hempton observes that deep listening is a first step to caring about our neighbors — the landscape, the trees, the insects, the people.

The South Minneapolis Day Camp, an urban camp for elementary aged kids, had a theme of “love your neighbor” in 2018, connecting that to not only humans but the earth. I put this song together, and got the children to participate on the verse-writing.

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