Discernment — Seeing With Eyes That See . . .

Len Delony1

As Dr. Mike Marshall says in his blog this week, “We easily forget who we are. We easily forget what God has done.”

Celebrating Communion together is one of the most powerful ways to feed our souls, to remember who we are, and to see what God is doing here . . . right now.

Discernment is a word that points us to the soulful depths of seeing here, now, from an awareness of our True Self . . . a deep knowing from who we truly are in God’s love and grace.

But when we are boxed into our “business as usual” orientation and judgments, the deeper vision of our True Selves can be blinded in busy-ness.

Take some time to slowly read and prayerfully ponder these quotes on “Discernment.”

Look deeply within your unique soul. Listen for God’s unique calling to you.

How might God be calling us to become a more faithful, discerning community . . . a church that grows outside the box and beyond our blindness?

As we become a more faithful, discerning community, we will be amazed at the number of miraculous things God is already doing. If we are present to God’s presence, and have eyes that see and ears that truly hear . . .

Discernment comes after we have listened to God. Discernment is inviting the mind of Christ to decide on a basis other than ego-centered choice.   — John Ackerman

Choosing among equal good we are asked to choose not just a good life but to choose our life. Not just a worthy appropriate job but also our job. To practice alert discernment we are to recognize Spirit as contrasted to all other spirits no matter how good. The deep burning of the heart’s recognition (serves as our inner clue).   — Roberta Bondi

(Discernment in relation to a congregation): . . . discernment is not usually a separate activity. Rather, it is a dimension of our planning, our action, and our rest — a set of attitudes and practices by which we willingly open our hearts to the heart of God, our minds to the mind of God, our intentions to the purposes of God. Since scripture describes a love affair between God and creation, discernment involves attentiveness to the yearnings by which we are drawn to the divine lover. Discernment in a congregational setting usually requires that we attend with care to one set of voices, one set of desires at a time . . .   — Gil Rendle and Alice Mann, Holy Conversations: Strategic Planning as a Spiritual Practice for Congregations

Discernment creates the capacity to see. To discern is to see through to the essence of a matter. Discernment distinguishes the real from the phony, the true from the false… and the path toward God from the path away from God. Spiritual discernment sees reality from God’s perspective. It is sight from the outside in; discernment penetrates the inner nature of things. It is also sight from the inside out by people who know intuitively.   — Danny E. Morris and Charles M. Olsen, Discerning God’s Will Together: a Spiritual Practice for the Church

Grace and peace,



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