Do people still watch clouds? I do. Not so much anymore, but as a kid I used to cloud-watch and dream for hours, laughing as I spotted different shapes. Nowadays, I’m more into pondering words…and images, and looking and listening for imprints of God speaking through others, such as He does through the powerful inspirations of the late Henri J. M. Nouwen. Nouwen authored over 40 books on spirituality and faith. When you read Nouwen…try not to hurry. Take your time…cloud-watch… And if you’d like to learn more about Nouwen’s writings, visit The Henri Nouwen Society.
Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.
In this crazy world, there’s an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they’re never separated. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the kingdom.
We must pray not first of all because it feels good or helps, but because God loves us and wants our attention. – Henri J. M. Nouwen