WENDY MILLER in Jesus Our Spiritual Director: A Pilgrimage through the Gospels, describes a narrative practice of discernment that she bases on a meditative reading of the Gospels. By reading and praying with the stories in the Gospels, we gradually learn to live into the stories of Jesus.
“Which story are we living?” Wendy asked me in a recent conversation. “We pause from time to time, especially when we need discernment about a decision, and we need to ask ourselves: Are we living the Gospel story or living the world’s story?” Narrative discernment for Wendy necessitates deep familiarity with the Gospel stories, first of all, and then learning to let the narratives speak to us in various life situations. By doing so, we increasingly incarnate Jesus’ love, wisdom, and life-giving presence among our neighbors.
– Elaine A. Heath
From page 49 of God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church by Elaine A. Heath. Copyright © 2016 by Elaine A. Heath. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
2 Samuel 6:15, NRSV
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