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HENRI NOUWEN ON GRIEF
George K
Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2019 7:35 PM
Joined: 12/16/2011
Posts: 2810


Henri Nouwen writes…

What to do with our losses? . . . We must mourn our losses. We cannot talk or act them away, but we can shed tears over them and allow ourselves to grieve deeply. To grieve is to allow our losses to tear apart feelings of security and safety and lead us to the painful truth of our brokenness. Our grief makes us experience the abyss of our own life in which nothing is settled, clear, or obvious, but everything is constantly shifting and changing. . . . But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice. It is the voice of the One who says: “Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted.” That’s the unexpected news: there is a blessing hidden in our grief. Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn! Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is hidden. Somehow, in the midst of our mourning, the first steps of the dance take place. Somehow, the cries that well up from our losses belong to our songs of gratitude. 

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.   PSALM 34:18 (NIV)


dutiful deb
Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 11:43 PM
Joined: 1/1/2012
Posts: 1856


I'm glad to see you  here again, George.  Your posts are always so comforting. I have had many losses in my life, of varying degrees, and this piece by Nouwen hits close to home for me.  This makes me more willing to take that first step of the dance, and beyond,  and to find that gift hidden in our tears.
markus8174
Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:34 AM
Joined: 1/25/2018
Posts: 548


My comforting must have gotten lost in the mail.