Tuesday, January 1, 2013

NEW YEAR CHOICE IN LISTENING


To live the possibilities of newness, we have to send the foxes packing 


HENRI NOUWEN  The following writing by Henri J. M. Nouwen reflects great possibility along with the soul work necessary to live in newness throughout 2013. It is from Nouwen’s book Here and Now:

I HAVE A GIFT FOR YOU!" “A new beginning! We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine that we could live each day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us: ‘I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!’ Imagine.”

CONFRONT THE OLD “The problem is we allow our past, which becomes longer and longer each year, to say to us, ‘You know it all; you have seen it all; be realistic; the future will be just another repeat of the past. Try to survive it as best you can.’ There are many cunning foxes jumping on our shoulders and whispering in our ears the great lie: ‘There is nothing new under the sun…don’t let yourself be fooled.’”

SELF-FULFILLING “When we listen to these foxes, they eventually prove themselves right: our new year, our new day, our new hour become flat, boring, dull, and without anything new.”

GOD WITH YOU “So, what are we to do? First, we must send the foxes back to where they belong: in their foxholes. And then we must open our minds and our hearts to the voice that resounds through the valleys and hills of our life saying: ‘Let me show you where I live among my people. My name is ‘God-with-you.’ I will wipe away all tears from your eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning, or sadness. The world of the past has gone (see Revelation 21:2-5).”

CHOOSE TO LISTEN “We must choose to listen to that voice, and every choice will open us a little more to discover the new life hidden in the moment, waiting eagerly to be born.”



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