Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

This Week with Henri Nouwen – Week 2 of Advent

“My soul shall savor the rich banquet of praise…when I think of you upon my bed, through the night watches I will recall that you indeed are my help.” Ps. 63:6-8

“Without prayer we become deaf to the voice of divine love and become confused by the many competing voices asking for our attention. How difficult that is! When we sit down for half an hour – without talking to someone, listening to music, watching television, or reading a book – and try to become very still, we often find ourselves so overwhelmed by our noisy inner voices that we can hardly wait to get busy and distracted again. Our inner life often looks like a banana tree full of jumping monkeys! But when we decide not to run away and stay focused, the monkeys may gradually go away because of lack of attention, and the soft gentle voice call us the beloved (son our daughter of God may gradually make itself heard. Much of Jesus’ prayer took place during the night. ‘Night’ means more than the absence of sun. It also means the absence of satisfying feelings or enlightening insights. That’s why it is so hard to be faithful. But God is greater than our hearts and minds, and keeps calling us the beloved… at a level far beyond all feelings and thoughts. – Henri Nouwen

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