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Discerning Voices

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Easter

“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

How do we discern amid the competing voices of in our lives? I know that in my practice of morning silence, I often have an idea bubble up with a certain sense of clarity. Recently, such an idea compelled me to undertake a service project for a local abuse shelter, and when I called to ask the director if there was a need for the project – a storage shed to be constructed and delivered to the shelter – her response was joy at having her prayers answered. She repeated this in an email: that she specifically had been praying for a resolution to the shelter’s storage problem.

When I related this story to a colleague, he shared with me that it is most often when he is a prayer during his morning run that he experiences a certain “freeing feeling” at knowing his prayers have been heard. Albeit, he noted, that doesn’t mean things are going to go his way; what he expressed was a sense of certainty that his voice has been heard.

Jesus says that His followers know His voice. It seems certain they do, and certain that knowledge is a gift often received in prayer.


Shepherd God,

Help us to discern Your voice amid the many in our lives.

Give us the quiet confidence of tender lambs with a shepherd

to know and follow You. Amen.

Clare Willrodt
Marketing and Public Relations Associate, Avera

ACTS 13:14, 43-52 ● PSALM 100:1-2, 3, 5 ● REVELATION 7:9, 14B-17 ● JOHN 10:27-30

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