Now When Some Nouwen? Now Then.

Cry Inward

A split between divinity and humanity have taken place in you.

With your divinely endowed center you know God’s will, God’s way, God’s love. But your humanity is cut off from that.

Your many human needs for affection, attention, and consolation are living apart from your divine sacred space.

Your call is to let these two parts of yourself come together again.

You have to move gradually from crying out-ward–crying out for people who you think can fulfill your needs–to crying inward to the place where you can let yourself be held and carried by God, who has become incarnate in the humanity of those who love you in community.

No one person can fulfill all your needs.  But the community can truly hold you.  The community can let you experience the fact that, beyond your anguish, there are human hands that hold you and show you God’s faithful love.

Henri Nouwen from The Inner Voice of Love

John’s Thoughts:

God desires intimate communion with you. Jesus the son of God comes to walk, talk, reveal and provide the way to the Father.  The Holy Spirit comes to fill, guide and empower us in unity with the Son. But too often our natural human cravings become so great that they overwhelm that place of communion and intimacy within us where God longs to dwell. We allow  ourselves to grow so empty and so hungry that we distrust and bypass our one true source of fulfillment and instead seek shelter and pleasure in the temporal. This is man’s plight since Adam and it is mine-and yours- today.

God doesn’t want us to be broken and fractured, but instead seeks us to be complete and whole. But to do so we must be willing to cry out from the vacancy within our soul. To bear that emptiness–seeking no other occupier– and bid the Spirit to come and dwell.

God is often revealed in people who come along side you to help you bear your emptiness but not to fill it. Their communal aid is imperative in order for the Spirit to do his work, and to reveal to you that you are not alone. That God is with you and he is in you. Let him in.

Godspeed,

John

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About johnmusick

revealist, writer, speaker, consultant, life-coach, polymath
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