Sunday, November 30, 2008

OPEN-ENDED WAITING
Advent challenges us to let go of wishes and start hoping

“I have found it very important in my own life to let go of my wishes and start hoping. It was only when I am willing to let go of my wishes that something really new, something beyond my own expectations, can happen to me. This is what Mary did..."

"To wait open-endedly is an enormously radical attitude toward life. It is trusting that something will happen to us that is far beyond our own imaginings. It is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life. It is living with the conviction that God molds us according to God’s love and not according to our fear. The spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, expecting new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination or prediction.”

– Henri Nouwen in The Path of Waiting

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  1. I've had my own radical experience of letting go of wishes and starting to hope, open-endedly. Open-endedly, as it turns out, is the only way to hope. Any other way isn't hope, it's back to wishes. Thanks for the reminder today.
    Jan

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