Henri Nouwen: A Hidden Hope

I was introduced to Henri Nouwen’s life and writing years ago.

He reminded me of a more erudite and literary Mr. Rogers (another hero of my heart). His words are gentle, kind, encouraging and plant seeds deep in a soul where they can germinate and grow to lovely, fruit-bearing branches.

I love how he blends spiritual wisdom into practical application.

Here’s one of my favorite devotions of his. I pray it blesses you as much as it does me.

A Hidden Hope

“The world lies in the power of the evil one. The world does not recognize the light that shines in the darkness. It never did; it never will.

“But there are people who, in the midst of the world, live with the knowledge that He is alive and dwells within us, that He has overcome the power of death and opens the way to glory.

“Are there people who come together, who come around the table and do what He did, in memory of Him? Are there people who keep telling each other the stories of hope and, together, go out to care for their fellow human beings, not pretending to solve all problems, but to bring a smile to a dying man and a little hope to a lonely child?

“It is so little, so unspectacular, yes, so hidden, this Eucharistic life, but it is like yeast, like a mustard seed, like a smile on a baby’s face. It is what keeps faith, hope, and love alive in a world that is constantly on the brink of self-destruction.~Henri J. M. Nouwen [Emphasis added]

As they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

Psalm 84: 6 NIV