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Henri Nouwen thought
Sunday 19th November 2017 @ 6:26 pm

A thought from Henri Nouwen  – taken from ‘The life of the Beloved’ … a book written as a letter to ‘real’ friend who was not of the same tribe or thinking as Henri, but with whom a deeply meaningful friendship developed, challenging the faith perspective of both.


What, above all, does Henri want his friend (who does not share his churched faith) to know?



”Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my centre words that say: ‘I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my Beloved, on you my favour rests. I have moulded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch. I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst. I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover and your spouse … yes, even your child … wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.’”







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