Thursday, January 19

Soul Food

This book jumped off the shelf at me and said, "have a a while."

Entry for January 19th

When we feel lonely we keep looking for a person or persons who can take our loneliness away. Our lonely hearts cry out, "Please hold me, touch me, speak to me, pay attention to me." But soon we discover that the person we expect to take our loneliness away cannot give us what we ask for. Often that person feels oppressed by our demands and runs away, leaving us in despair.

As long as we approach another person from our loneliness, no mature human relationship can develop. Clinging to one another in loneliness is suffocating and eventually becomes destructive.

For love to be possible we need the courage to create space between us and to trust that this space allows us to dance together.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Henri Nouwen is an amazing writer. I first read a book of his 20 years ago when I was preparing for a trip to Bolivia and Peru called 'Gracias'.

His thoughts are so thought provoking, and often speak right to where I am. Helping to certainly soothe my soul.

Thanks for sharing from this book too.

I hope that you have a good weekend.