Reader’s Poem: The Soul of Discernment

Soul of Discernment

Prayer is the difference
between problem solving
and discernment,
seeking and responding
to God’s call within complexity.
It’s easy to become hopeless and cynical,
but our worldview
is often the source of the problem.
Your journey will be unique.
Reflect as you go.
Ask for God’s help
in seeing with creativity and hope.
Notice new freedom.
Await clarity.
Find touchstones to weigh
tentative decisions.
Remember to evaluate what you learn
. . . for next time.

Elizabeth Liebert. The Soul of Discernment: A Spiritual Practice for Communities and Institutions. (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). Reader’s poem by Samuel Rahberg.


After I finish a good read and before I tuck it away on the shelf, I like to spend some time summarizing what was most important to me. I use the author’s own words, varied only slightly, and follow the themes that speak most strongly to me at this time. The example below remains a summary and serves only as my own interpretation, so I take responsibility for any deviation from the author’s original intent. Even so, may it be a helpful reflection for others and an encouragement to read a fine book in its entirety.

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