Honoring Our Elders and Discerning What’s Ahead

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”

— Proverbs 4:23

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

— Philippians 2:5

“Discernment, then, is the process of intentionally becoming aware of how God is present, active, and calling us as individuals and communities so that we can respond with increasingly greater faithfulness.”

Elizabeth LiebertThe Way of Discernment

“The human heart is the first home of democracy.”

— Terry Tempest Williams

Len Delony1I am more hopeful and excited about our church’s future, and where we are going, than ever before!

It’s not that I know where we are going. But this Saturday will be a very important step in our way of discerning where God is calling us to go, and equally important, how God is calling us to be along the way.

We are called to be the living Body of Christ and disciples of Jesus’ Way of Love, wherever we go.

As a people of faith, we cannot just make quick, reasonable decisions about where we are to go. As disciples of Christ, we are called to have eyes that truly see and ears that truly hear . . . not from the values of this world, but through the mind and compassionate presence of Christ.

This is a New Way, and a very old way. It is a way of wisdom we inherit from our elders and ancestors. And it is a way that is deeply rooted and grounded in God’s perfecting love (which is about making whole, not flawless).

We have inherited so much, and have taken many steps, even recently on our journey.

Please pray for our church, as leaders meet Saturday for this important step in discerning God’s will and our calling into and through the questions Dr. Tim Bruster has been raising in the series “The Heart of the City.”

Below are some related reflections on discernment from two years ago.

Grace and peace on the journey,

Len

4/14/15: Discerning our purpose as Christians

5/14/15: Spiritual Renewal and Our Church’s Calling

5/21/15: Hearing Soulful-Stories and Sacred Callings

8/27/15: Discernment — Seeing With Eyes That See . . .

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