FOLLOWING JESUS means that we have to keep walking on the ground, keep struggling. The work of living does not necessarily become easier because we are disciples. In fact, discipleship can make life more difficult. At the same time, life becomes radically different. Our struggles and pains become different struggles and pains. The reason for this is that we are no longer living our struggles and pains alone. Following Jesus indeed means that we live our same life, but we live it in companionship with the one who understands us fully—our guide, fellow traveler, the one in whom we can trust our whole life.
– Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab
A Spirituality of Homecoming
From pages 39-40 of A Spirituality of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab. Copyright © 2012 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When you face difficulty, picture Christ there with you. Share your thoughts.
John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luke 3:16, NRSV
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This week we remember Emily Balch (January 11).
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