Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Nouwen: the two perspectives

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
    Feast of David, Bishop of Menevia, Patron of Wales, c.601
    Looking at his disciples, [Jesus] said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
    —Luke 6:20 (NIV)
    Seen from below, from a human perspective, there is an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But from above, in the eyes of God, sorrow and joy are never separated. Where there is pain, there is also healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the kingdom.
    ... Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith, Forward Movement, 1981, p. 134-135 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:20; Isa. 64:8; Matt. 5:4; 11:4-6; 2 Cor. 6:4-10; 8:1-2; Heb. 12:5-6; Jas. 2:5; Rev. 22:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are shaping Your people with Your sovereign acts.
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