Sunday, September 20, 2009

My Notebook on Sunday Conversations

My darling husband approached me this morning with his little red book (Disciplines for the Inner Life) in hand and proceeded to read a paragraph to encourage us. In sharing this today, I pray it somehow encourages your own heart and would love to hear if it does so.

A few years ago I met an old professor at the University of Notre Dame. Looking back on his long life of teaching, he said with a funny wrinkle in his eyes: "I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I slowly discovered that my interruptions were my work."

This is the great conversion in our life: to recognize and believe that the many unexpected events are not just disturbing interruptions of our projects, but the way in which God molds our hearts and prepares us for his return. Our great temptations are boredom and bitterness.

When our good plans are interrupted by poor weather, our well-organized careers by illness or bad luck, our peace of mind by inter turmoil, our hope for peace by a new war, our desire for a stable government by a constant changing of the guards, and our desire for immortality by real death,, we are tempted to give in to a paralyzing boredom or to strike back in destructive bitterness.

But when we believe that patience can make our expectations grow, then fate can be converted into a vocation, wounds into a calla for deeper understanding, and sadness into a birthplace of joy.

From Out of Solitude by Henri J. Nouwen


  1. Wonderfully woven words. Thank you for sharing this. It speaks to my soul this morning.

  2. I had to read this twice to really appreciate the words! Such a great lesson...I never really pondered how influential interruptions can be, and how they prepare us for the long-run. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  3. Hi Lylah
    I'm not sure how I ended up here but I'm glad I did. I enjoy Henri Nouwen's books and needed to read this this morning. God's timing is perfect!
    The photography on your blog is beautiful. I'm glad I found you and will be back again to visit.


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