Monday, June 20, 2005

Always Come Back to the Solid Place

I haven't been blogging much, as I have been tending to the family, my husband in particular. We have been under much strain lately, and realized that if we don't spend more intentional time together we are headed for living parallel lives. As a wise women once told me, "It's impossible to be soulmates when you live parallel lives." Amen, sister!

Below is from The Inner Voice of Love by Henri Nouwen. This is my spiritual imperative for today.

You must belive in the yes that comes back when you ask, "Do you love me?" You must choose this yes even when you do not experience it.

You feel overwhelmed by distraction, fantasies, the disturbing disire to throw yourself into the world of pleasure. But you know already that you will not find there an answer to your deepest questions. Nor does the answer lie in rehashing old events, or in guilt or shame. All of that makes you dissipate yourself and leave the rock on which your house is built.

You have to trust the place that is solid, the place where you can say yes to God's love even when you do not feel it. Right now you feel nothing except emptiness and the lack of stregth to choose. But keep saying, "God loves me, and God's love is enough." You have to choose the solid place over and over again and return to it after every failure.


Blogger Amy said...

Thank you for this! I needed to hear this both from the God perspective AND for the love from my husband.

June 20, 2005  
Blogger Kate said...

Your first responsibility is always the people God has given you. So take care of them first, and come back here to us when you have time!

God Bless

June 20, 2005  
Blogger Adinah said...

awesome Rene, and I always bless Henri Nouwen for putting into words what the heart feels. You must always try to tend each other, it's hard to remember dh was a wonderful tend-er, it was always me that would slip off into my own nutty world. He always had a way of getting my attention though! What a lucky (and very blessed) gal I was! Thanks for the post. It's uplifting to me, I have a struggle right now with other issues, but the words are still fitting!!

June 20, 2005  

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