July 22, 2020
2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12: 2
Discernment is on my mind. There are any number of situations and circumstances that have led to this state of mind – what’s happening here and around the world as we confront systemic racism and inequalities/ inequities, dealing with pandemic and the inability to gather together as a congregation of Christ’s church, the simple fact that I’m impatient.
In his book, Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life, Henri Nouwen defines the term – for Christians – as faithful living and listening to God’s love and direction so that we can fulfill our individual calling and shared mission. He goes on to say that by listening to God in worship, prayer, study of scripture, fellowship, sharing the gospel, and loving service to others, we learn when to wait, when to act, when to be led.
Give God some time today, be still and listen.