As the winds of the political environment pull us back and forth, Henri nouwen provides some wise words.
“How can we not lose our souls when everything and everybody pulls us in the most different directions? How can we “keep it together” when we are constantly torn apart?
“Jesus says: “Not a hair of your head will be lost. Your perseverance will win you your lives” (Luke 21:18-19). We can only survive our world when we trust that God knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. We can only keep it together when we believe that God holds us together. We can only win our lives when we remain faithful to the truth that every little part of us, yes, every hair, is completely safe in the divine embrace of our Lord. To say it differently: When we keep living a spiritual life, we have nothing to be afraid of.” Henri Nouwen
“I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted until I slowly discovered that my interruptions were my work.” “That is the great conversion in our life: to recognize and believe that the many unplanned events are not just disturbing interruptions of our projects but the way in which God molds our hearts and prepares us for his return. Our great temptations are boredom and bitterness. When our good plans are interrupted by poor weather, our peace of mind by inner turmoil our hope for peace by a new war, our desire for a stable government by a constant changing of the guards and our desire for immortality by real death, we are tempted to give in to a paralyzing boredom or a to strike back in destructive bitterness. But when we believe that patience can make our expectations grow, then fate can be converted into a vocation, wounds into a call for deeper understanding, and sadness into a birthplace of joy.” Henri Nouwen