Eugene Peterson on Spiritual Direction…

…despite the high-falutinness of the term “spiritual direction”, it’s a lot more normal and natural than most people think.  Love this quote by the always clear-headed Eugene Peterson:

Spiritual direction takes place when two people agree to give their full attention to what God is doing in one (or both) of their lives and seek to respond in faith.  More often than not for pastors these convergent and devout attentions are brief and unplanned; at other times they are planned and structured conversations.

Whether planned or unplanned, three convictions underpin these meetings:

(1) God is always doing something: an active grace is shaping this life into a mature salvation;

(2) Responding to God is not sheer guesswork: the Christian community has acquired wisdom through the centuries that provides guidance;

(3) Each soul is unique: no wisdom can simply be applied without discerning the particulars of this life, this situation

(From “Working the Angles“)

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