FROM DEEP WITHIN ourselves we sense a desire to engage in right actions, to make wise choices, to live in a fruitful manner. Then from beyond ourselves we begin to hear, “Look, there is a way you can follow that leads toward greater understanding. There are steps you can take that will open you to the clarity you seek.” We stand before the forest of our own wonderings. Then bit by bit, we become aware of a path through the forest.
Many of us have caught hints of this path in simple practices we learned during our earliest years or picked up from persons wiser than ourselves. We make a decision but then say, “I’m going to sleep on it.” Somewhere we gleaned the wisdom that a good night’s rest brings fresh vision. We struggle with a difficult choice and say, “I really need the perspective of a trusted friend,” or “I am going to take time to consider where my decision might lead in the long run.” When we engage in such practices, we do so with the sense that there is at least a partial path through our wondering.
—Marjorie J. Thompson and Stephen V. Doughty
The Way of Discernment Participant’s Book (Print Book)
Companions in Christ Series
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Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”
—1 Kings 3:9 (NRSV)
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