Thoughts on mourning and loss in the time of coronavirus

Grief shows up in many ways. One way it may tend to show up is anger or rage. Since that is not easily recognized as “grief” in our culture, we tend to combat the rage or anger instead of stepping back to ask a few more questions. Grief over loss isn’t easily processed in ourContinue reading “Thoughts on mourning and loss in the time of coronavirus”

Thoughts on Prayer — Henri Nouwen

Praying means to stop expecting from God that same small-mindedness which you discover in yourself. To pray is to walk in the full light of God, and to say simply without holding back, “I am a man [or a woman] and you are God.” At that moment, conversion occurs, the restoration of the true relationship.Continue reading “Thoughts on Prayer — Henri Nouwen”

Irrelevant leadership

Henri Nouwen in his wonderful little book titled In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership shows just how “out of touch” he was in his day. Irrelevant leadership? Puh-leeeaaze!  The temptation is to be relevant. To show power, ability, or rightness. “Words like right-wing, reactionary, conservative, liberal, and left wing are used to describe people’s opinionsContinue reading “Irrelevant leadership”

The place of silence

I am headed out on Monday to three days of silence. It is a rhythm I work to put into my life every year now. Henri Nouwen helps explain why: “Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” ― Henri J.M.Continue reading “The place of silence”