I am deeply convinced that each human being suffers in a way no other human being suffers. No doubt, we can make comparisons; we can talk about more or less suffering, but in the final analysis, your pain and my pain are so deeply personal that comparing them can bring scarcely any consolation or comfort. In fact, I am more grateful for a person who can acknowledge that I am very alone in my pain that for someone who tries to tell me that there are many others who have a similar or worse pain…Our brokeness is truly ours…Yes, fearsome as it may sound, as the Beloved ones, we are called to claim our unique brokenness, just as we have to claim our unique chosenness and our unique blessedness.

-Henri J.M. Nouwen in Life of the Beloved

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3 Responses to

  1. Sam says:

    love it. want to read it right now.

  2. cheryl says:

    i have read almost the whole book in an hour or so. there are several people I have been thinking about with every line. you are one of them. get it.

  3. Shawn says:

    Reminds me of a conversation between Jesus and Peter…

    “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

    Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them… When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

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