Saturday, September 22, 2012


As he so often does, Henri Nouwen provides a challenging, practical way to live.

"Compassion, to be with others when and where they suffer and to willingly enter into a fellowship of the weak, is God's way to justice and peace among people.  Is this possible? Yes, it is, but only when we dare to live with the radical faith that we don't have to compete for love, but that love is freely given to us by the One who calls us to compassion."

As I endure this political season with so much clanging noise/anger, so much talk and so little substance, I realize how easy it is to be distracted from Christ's reminder that "what you to do to the least of mine, you do it to me." Our response to His unqualified love must be to use our own hands and time serving others, not letting someone else do it for us.

Mt Emily Recreation Area, OR

Norse Creek Wilderness, WA

Nosu classroom, China

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