The weblog of Darren Friesen

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Nouwen on living life

More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant, or to be part of some impressive project is so strong that soon my time is taken up by meetings, conferences, study groups, and workshops that prevent me from walking the streets. It is difficult not to have plans, not to organize people around an urgent cause, and not to feel that you are working directly for social progress. But I wonder more and more if the first thing shouldn't be to know people by name, to eat and drink with them, to listen to their stories and tell your own, and to let them know with words, handshakes, and hugs that you do not simply like them, but truly love them.

Henri Nouwen
via Jordon


Anonymous Sarah said...

Matthew 22:36-40
A desire of my heart that I would follow these commandments above all else.
Life is a hard balance, thanks for the reminder to continue striving for it.

9:48 AM

Blogger lee said...

wow. good thoughts. im definitely a fan of nouwen. if you havent read shane claiborne's "the irresistible revolution", i would encourage you to check it out. i think you might like it. i have a copy if you are interested.

1:19 PM


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