February 22, 2018, 1:29 PM

Week 2 - If I don't worry...

My overall impression after this week's reading is that we cannot we stop here in our reading! We've got to keep going beyond being unfulfilled towards what to do or experience next. On p36 Nouwen writes: "Worrying causes us to be 'all over the place,' but seldom at home." --and I find myself all over the place even as I read. Nevertheless, let's consider a few highlights and sparks to consider.

p29--"While busy and worried about many things, we seldom feel truly satisfied, at peace, or at home." The worry is or can be a vicious cyclical animal in our guts that feeds on itself until or unless we stop. So...Stop and remember that we are not alone and especially during this season of Lent we are invited to hold hands with Jesus as we walk through the wilderness. 

p30--"The great paradox of our time is that many of us are busy and bored at the same time." How are we willing to examine our busyness and let one or two things go? What can we say "No" to -- in order to reduce some of our anxious busyness?

p33--"...when we feel cut off from the human family, we quickly lose heart." With whom might you connect today--from your family circle of friends--in order to remember that you are not alone? This involves receiving as well as giving love.

Finally, at the end of the reading I kept hearing Jesus' voice from Luke 10: "Martha, sweet Martha, you are fretting and fussing about so many are worked up and I am offering you rest. Whether it all gets done is not the main thing or the most important thing and your value is not in what you produce - or even in who you are. You have worth and value and you are loved and held in strong arms because of who I am with you."

I know that's not a good translation of the text and I know I have added ideas and words out of Jesus' mouth that are not right there, but that's what I am hearing and leaning into right now.

peace & love,


Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that God may lift you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on God, because God cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7



02-27-2018 at 8:44 PM
Nan Krueger
Pat - I am using a Kindle version where the pages are numbered quite differently. Can you quote a sentence where you are referring, please? There are several places in here where it feels like Nouwen is speaking directly to us...
02-24-2018 at 7:05 PM
Pat VonHarten
The last paragraph on p. 34 makes me wonder about what is happening in America now.
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