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Discernment

discernmentI find it amazing how from time to time events, incidents and observations coalesce – in ways in which God can clarify things going on in my life … those times when discernment is so necessary. God has God’s own sense of timing … with which I don’t stand a chance.

Presently, discernment is a major thing for me – knowing where, how, when and why and with whom God would want me to give special focus in life and ministry. You see, I’m a fairly self-motivated, self-sufficient, independent, strong Myers-Briggs “J” (almost off the scale in that area!)

Amazing then (well – perhaps not really, when one considers things) that a week back, I again picked up Christianity for the Rest of Us, by Diana Butler Bass – a book I had got 1/3 of the way through by last October, before the ‘hecticness’ of the silly season ground my reading to a sudden halt. No kidding, I opened up the book to where I left off … the chapter? Discernment. Among the first words I read were these: Where do you see God in your ministry? An important question for me at the moment; of course: 24/7.

I still dwell on that question: Where do I see God in my ministry? It’s a question we would all do well to ask – God, are you in this? God, are you in this decision I must make? And God if you are, give me the eyes to see, the heart to embrace and the mind to understand AND the feet to follow your way.

And then this weekend, as I sit in an a Sydney airport lounge en-route home to Brisbane, I reflect on two really helpful reflections (teaching times really) presented by Peter T, a Sydney minister – on the theme of anxiety. There is anxiety in my life at present – Peter’s teaching was so helpful. Nothing of a health or relationship thing I quickly hasten to add! Discerning the mind of God is important for me in these times.

I see this reopened book (highly recommended) and the chapter I opened up AND Peter’s sharing as exquisite examples of God’s gracious moving in my life – all bound up in the challenge of discerning.

Write a new song

jeremiah-31_33bI don’t often preach from the Old Testament, but I feel led that way this Sunday.  Jeremiah 31 has always been inspiration to me.  It reminds me that God is God of relationship, and the covenant relationship God forms with God’s people is something so close that God says via Jeremiah:

I will write my laws on their hearts and minds.  I will be their God, and they will be my peopleJeremiah 31:33

I find myself amid this amazing creative burst of the Spirit – I can put it down to nothing else.  So, here is the embryo of words for a quite-reflective song for this coming Sunday – the final lyric and melody not quite there, but close I think.  Stay tuned.  My thought is to have a very low-key time this Sunday across all of our services for people to recommit, re-engage, rededicate themselve to God – to claim the new song God has written in Jesus – and claim it for their hearts and minds.  Interesting!  Here’s the initial lyric. Think – acoustic guitar & gentle piano. PIANO SCORE download

Write a new song

Write a new song
Write a new song
Write it deep in my heart
You are God, O
we’re your people
Write it deep in my heart
Write it deep in my heart

Etch it deeply
Etch it deeply
Etch it deep in my mind
You are God, O
we’re your people
Etch it deep in my mind
Etch it deep in my mind

Come forgive us
Come forgive us
Heal us whole, deep within
You are God, O
we’re your people
Heal us whole, deep within
Heal us whole, deep within

Write your new song
Etch it deeply
Come forgive us within
You are God, O
we’re your people
Come anew in my heart
Come anew in my heart

David MacGregor
© 2009  Willow Publishing   piano score


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