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This Week with Henri Nouwen

Van Gogh“Sometimes we experience a terrible dryness in our spiritual life. We feel no desire to pray, don’t experience God’s presence, get bored with worship services, an even think that everything we ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is little more than a childhood fairy tale.

Then it is important to realize that most of these feelings and thoughts are just feelings and thoughts, and that the Spirit of God dwells beyond our feelings and thoughts. It is a great grace to be able to experience God’s presence in our feelings and thoughts, but when we don’t, it does not mean that God is absent. It often means that God is calling us to a greater faithfulness. It is precisely it times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.” – Henri Nouwen

5 Responses to This Week with Henri Nouwen

  1. Craig says:

    I can so relate to this. Thanks!

  2. arlenerauen says:

    I thank God for your openness…..and being that I am reading up on mentoring and building support systems….I want to say, you are such a good example to many Christians everywhere of living for Jesus…I am so proud of you…I am certain you affirm the maleness in men everywhere…I will write a quick post on my FB wall…just for you….I will be praying for you as always…may God surprise you with something fresh & creative to reignite the flame in you…much love from LA

  3. niel says:

    whatever i feel now,, only that i know,, God never leave us,,

  4. JR Woodward says:

    Amen bro. He will never leave or forsake us.

  5. David G says:

    Curious how oftentimes we combat inner dryness by frenzied, anxious introspection aimed at uncovering the “cause” for our dryness when oftentimes it’s patient stillness and disciplined (in the way you used it) openness that awakens us to God’s presence. Thanks for the post

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