February 15, 2018, 2:42 PM

Week 1 - Beginning to make all things new!

Do not worry... so much easier said than done for so many of us. Like you I have heard and read Jesus' words: "Therefore I say to you, don't worry about your life, what you'll eat or what you'll wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky...God takes care of them...Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life?" Of course I know the truth of the scripture and Jesus' words, yet realizing God's love and resting in God's care can be so difficult.

I love that Nouwen says: "...the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of here and now." (p21) It reminds me that the spritual life doesn't remove pains and joy or remove us from pains and joys. Instead the spiritual life helps us to find meaning in both joy as well as suffering.

Nouwen writes: "...having and occupation, has become one of the main ways, if not the main way, of identifying ourselves." (p25) I wonder what it would be like to ask people we meet--What do you love? instead of--What do you do?

Indeed - what WOULD happen of we stopped worrying?

peace & love,


O Lord, my heart is not lifted up,
   my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
   too great and too marvelous for me. 
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
   like a weaned child with its mother;
   my soul is like the weaned child that is with me. 
O Israel, hope in the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.

~Psalm 131



02-20-2018 at 6:54 AM
Margaret Evans
"Look at a the birds in the sky... God takes care of them."

As a practical matter, I highly recommend bird watching as a way to quiet worry and experience God's peace, even in the midst of our current chaos. Put a bird feeder outside your kitchen window and suddenly, washing dishes becomes a meditation. Even a prayer.
02-19-2018 at 9:38 PM
Pat Von Harten
Love Nouwen's book.
02-19-2018 at 10:36 AM
stop worrying??? but what would I do with my time?? and who would keep the world turning...oh yes, we have the answer right in front of us, as you, Patrick, remind us...we just have to REMEMBER who's in charge!!
02-18-2018 at 8:55 PM
Nan Krueger
The last line of Psalm 131 - is such a treasure after a week like this past one. A loss of so many lives and the fear for parents and students, for those who attend concerts or even church is real. But we can’t live in that fear and function - the preoccupation becomes overwhelming unless we can truly “put our hope in the Lord from this time on and forevermore”
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