With his eye on the life and teachings of Jesus, Henri suggests that our deepest desire be to help create a community of love in the world. Our mission, our overarching purpose, is to love. There are many ways to make this purpose concrete in our lives. We may be surprised (and excited!) to read Henri’s assurance that fundraising is a practical and privileged way to build a community of love, bring justice into the world, and learn how to walk humbly with God. Fundraising is a way of loving deeply.
—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
Where can you embrace your purpose of building a community love today? Join the conversation.
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
—1 Peter 3:8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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“Lord, stir us up to holy action,” cries Rally, spurring people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God’s people feel safe and seen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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