The Inner Debate

Posted on 2008-07-03. Filed under: Quotes |

This is another quote from Henri Nouwen. I find myself reading and re-reading his works over and over again. This passage keeps grabbing me:

O Lord Jesus, your words to your Father were born out of your silence. Lead me into this silence, so that my words may be spoken in your name and thus be fruitful. It is so hard to be silent, silent with my mouth, but even more, silent with my heart. There is so much talking going on within me. It seems that I am always involved in inner debates with myself, my friends, my enemies, my supporters, my opponents, my colleagues, and my rivals. But this inner debate reveals how far my heart is from you. If I were simply to rest at your feet and realize that I belong to you and you alone, I would easily stop arguing with all the real and imagined people around me. These arguments show my insecurity, my fear, my apprehensions. You, O Lord, will give me all the attention I need if I would simply stop talking and start listening to you. I know that in the silence of my heart you will speak to me and show me your love. Give me, O Lord, that silence. Let me be patient and grow slowly into this silence in which I can be with you. Amen.

I sometimes finding myself having imagined conversations with people I know. What if they said this? Then, I would say this… I should put that habit off and instead have real conversations with my Father.

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great thoughts!!


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