IN THIS WORLD’S EYES, there is an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they are never separated. Our ministry is to help people gradually let go of their resentment and discover that right in the middle of suffering there is a blessing. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the Kingdom of God.
Jesus says to us, “Cry over your pains, and you will discover that I’m right there in your tears, and you will be grateful for my presence in your weakness.”
– by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab
A Spirituality of Living
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Give thanks for Jesus’ presence in your weakness. Share your thoughts.
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.
James 3:13, NRSV
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This week we remember: Hildegard of Bingen (September 17).
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