You can cut the spiritual, uh, theological, uh, philosophical tension with a knife. I found myself sitting in a meeting where the issue of present day physically manifested spiritual gifts came up in the conversation and it was in direct contradiction to another group of interested parties.
I love ‘whodunits’! I loved Encyclopedia Brown as a child. I almost didn’t want to know the answer to the mystery because of the tension and anticipation that came with the end of the story.
I do not want to enter the murky waters or tumultuous winds of the current debate and status of the third person of the Trinity. But to give you a hint of where I sit, I believe one of the sticky wickets of spiritual direction is the question of ‘whodunit’. Is it psychological analysis, emotional response, educated guesses or the act of an engaging God speaking to His children? Well, the answer over the years has been e) all the above.
I believe the act of direction is the desire to be mature and maturing. Direction is an act of discernment and a drawing upon spiritual capitol. It is the written and Living Word of God, and an ear for the Heavenly.
e) all the above