IN EVERY HUMAN HEART there lives a deep hunger for communion. … We want to belong, to be connected, to feel at home, to be safe, and we can fulfill none of these desires on our own. Our whole being yearns for another mind; our heart needs another heart.
Our deep hunger for communion is a precious gift from God and a true driving force of our spiritual journey. Our hunger for communion is the source of our faith, our hope, and our love. It is also the source of our unbelief, our despair, and our fear. The way we live with our hunger for communion is the decisive factor in our lives.
-Henri J. M. Nouwen
A Spirituality of Living
From pages 20-21 of A Spirituality of Living, part of the Henri Nouwen Spirituality Series, by Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Series Editor. Copyright © 2011 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How do you experience the hunger for communion? Share your thoughts.
Today’s Scripture Reading
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”
Numbers 21:4-5, NRSV
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