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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

From Henri Nouwen's journal: You must believe in the yes that comes back when you ask, "Do you love me?" You must choose this yes even when you do not experience it. You feel overwhelmed by distractions, fantasies, the disturbing desire to throw yourself into the world of pleasure. But you know already that you will not find there an answer to your deepest question. Nor does the answer lie in rehashing old events, or in guilt or shame. All of that makes you dissipate yourself and leave the rock on which your house is built. You have to trust the place that is solid, the place where you can say yes to God's love even when you do not feel it. Right now you feel nothing except emptiness and the lack of strength to choose. But keep saying, "God loves me, and God's love is enough." You have to choose the solid place over and over again and return to it after every failure.

3 Comments:

  • I needed to be reminded of this today. Thanks.

    By Blogger Q, at 6/16/2004 09:52:00 AM  

  • Q -

    First, thanks for the greeting from Rick Oster. He's still one of the best teachers I've had in my life.

    Second, we all need to be reminded of what Nouwen said. In this fallen world, we are constantly tempted to find our identity and security in the praise of others. It is never enough. It's like drinking saltwater. The more you drink, the thirstier you are!

    By Blogger Mike, at 6/16/2004 12:06:00 PM  

  • People's praise like salt water? Wow! If that isn't a powerful metaphor and one I won't likely forget.

    By Blogger Serena Voss, at 6/16/2004 07:52:00 PM  

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