Discernment

“Discernment” is the word that caught my attention as I read Proverbs 3 this morning. So many verses touched me but his one stood out today, “v. 21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight, they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster…” As we slow down from the rage that burned and all the emotion of last week, pictures of peaceful marching, neighbors of all colors helping to clean up the mess left in the wake of riots, and pleas for discernment in the face of injustice. I note in this passage that discernment has the fruit of safety. My neighbor of a different background is not the enemy but the evil that plants seeds of suspicion. As curfews continue, I can sleep. As people slow down and think, fear of sudden disaster diminishes. Today, as I continue to mourn the ruin that is left from the path of rage, hatred and anger, I pray we can discern real causes and the ways we can deal with systemic evil after the primary and that we can be honest with ourselves about how we contribute for good and for bad to the lives of the people we live with – and need. We are the body of Christ and need eyes, ears, and toes! Blessings as we continue our pilgrimage of discernment. Lord, give us eyes to see and hearts and hands to help.

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