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A Hunger for Communion

Today’s Reflection

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.

Today’s Question

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

This Week: pray for people in the midst of war. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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  • robert moeller March 12, 2012, 5:43 am

    Once we acknowledge You Lord, once we accept the precious gift of redemption and salvation made possible by Jesus, the acknowledgement of our constant need for You is ever before us. We are thankful that You are always there. Thank You!

  • robert moeller March 12, 2012, 5:49 am

    While it may seem that there is war only in countries like Syria, the Congo, Afghanistan, Mexico, Palestine and Israel, in reality there is war everywhere that Satan plies his ways. We all face him. Fortunately , we have Jesus who overcame Satan and makes real life possible. May the whole world, and especially the parts where physical war is taking place, know Your peace o Lord and may we all turn Satan away with the mention of Your name.

  • Gary March 12, 2012, 12:47 pm

    I experience the hunger for communion as being a hole in my soul that can only be filled with the love of Jesus. I experience the hunger for communion with others as being a withdrawal from others that only I can fill by reaching out in Christ’s love.

  • Gary March 12, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Dear Jesus,
    I pray for all of us who are in the midst of war. In the midst of war with the Evil One. We may walk in harm’s way. Or, we may sit in our sanctuary. We are at war with the Evil One. Let us know within our vey souls that even as we walk through the valley of the shadow that you are with us. Comfort us with your enveloping presence to enliven us to carry the day knowing that it’s not just us who join the fight but that you are our sure strong shield.

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