Roads of Discernment

by Beth A Richardson on May 5, 2012 · 1 comment

True Vine

Saturday, May 5. Read through the suggestions in the last paragraph of “From the Editor” (pp. 4-5.)

Which of these roads of discernment do you think will be most helpful to you?

Words from The Word: Jesus said, “My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.” -John 15:8, CEB

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Jesus says “I am the vine” – listen to and pray these words from John 15:5-7.

Pray for: the people and countries of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Spiritual Tools: Hearing the call of God is only half the struggle — we must also learn to discern that call in our lives. Let’s get started with Discerning God’s Will by Nicole Corlew.


O God, who calls those who will follow along with you, show us our duty today, and give us bread for our journey. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

-Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck
A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People

From page 214 of A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright (c) 1990 by The Upper Room. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer: God of constant love and grace, open my spirit to the gentle movement of your Spirit so I can more fully abide in you. Amen.

Art Credit: “True Vine” from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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BUZZ May 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

“Take time to sit in discernment.”
Sometimes I become so excited about what I can do that I go plowing ahead like a bull in a china shop — thrashing about. Then I discover that I’ve messed up the status quo. Then I have to spend a lot of time going around making amends.
This is discernment for me; even if it isn’t discernment of good and evil.

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