Different Kinds of Happy

Creating Space

“Didn’t [Jesus] also say that our worries prevent us from letting the kingdom, that is, the new world, come? […] How can we ever expect something really new to happen to us if our hearts and minds are so full of our own concerns that we do not even listen to the sounds announcing a new reality… So we can see that creating space is far from easy in our occupied and preoccupied society. And still, if we expect any salvation, redemption, healing and new life, the first thing we need is an open receptive place where something can happen to us. Hospitality, therefore, is such an important attitude. We cannot change the world by a new plan, project, or idea. We cannot even change other people by our convictions, stories, advice and proposals, but we can offer a space where people are encouraged to disarm themselves, to lay aside their occupations and preoccupations and to listen with attention and care to the voices speaking in their own center.”

Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out

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This entry was published on January 29, 2014 at 12:12 am and is filed under Creative Inspiration, Faith, Life, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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