All posts in " Henri Nouwen "

Grieving – releasing deep pain

By Dave Henning / June 23, 2023

“The Bible calls the practice of grieving lamenting.  And I love the practice-based element to lament because grieving is more than an idea.  It’s an embodied way of expressing and releasing our deep pain. . . .  Lament, in particular, is a way of expressing our grief to God, while knowing we are held.”- Aundi […]


Lifelong struggle – forgiveness

By Dave Henning / March 19, 2023

“By not forgiving, I chain myself to a desire to get even, thereby losing my freedom.  A forgiven person forgives.  This is what we proclaim when we pray ‘and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.’  This lifelong struggle lies at the heart of the Christian life.”- Henri Nouwen, […]


Wounded healers – our calling

By Dave Henning / February 5, 2023

“In his wounds, Jesus shows himself to be one who identifies — even in a resurrected state — with humanity.  Additionally, the wounds Jesus carries speak powerfully to his followers.  We are called to be wounded healers, but the first part of our calling requires us to be present to the wounds we have carried.”- […]


The context of grace – enter solitude

By Dave Henning / December 7, 2021

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone.  Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our […]


A dream without a deadline

By Dave Henning / April 16, 2021

“If you don’t define when and where you will eat the frog, it will never happen.  A dream without a deadline is called a wish. . . .  The way you make time is by scheduling your priorities first, then letting things of lesser importance fall off your to-do list.”- Mark Batterson Mark Batterson concludes […]


Enfleshed – the truth of our belovedness

By Dave Henning / December 2, 2020

“Becoming enfleshed means letting the truth of our Belovedness become enfleshed in everything we think, say, or do.”- Henri Nouwen, Life of the Beloved “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?  You do not belong to yourself, for […]


To run well and finish strong

By Dave Henning / October 13, 2020

“To run well and finish strong, you must first take an honest assessment of where you are in your connection to God and how you got there, and make a commitment that you are going to accept once and for all that God is worthy of your pursuit.   We can spend a lifetime finding blame […]


Your call — an ever-clearer vision

By Dave Henning / July 5, 2019

“The love of Jesus will give you an ever-clearer vision of your call. . . .  The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart.  The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must […]


Through eyes that have cried

By Dave Henning / September 22, 2018

“There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.”- Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the poor in spirit.”- Psalm 34:18 (ESV) In Chapter 11 (“Boundaries with Sadness”) of Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller assert that you […]


The thread of your life

By Dave Henning / December 21, 2016

“The thread of your life becomes a tapestry of abundant colors only if it ties itself to other lives. . . . let threads of your life break away to let Christ, who is in us, weave around other threads.”- Ann Voskamp Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 15 of The Broken Way by noting that the […]

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