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N. T. Wright on Waiting and Henri Nouwen on Loving

July 29, 2011

New Testament scholar N. T. Wright writes:

We who live after Calvary and Easter know that God did indeed act suddenly and dramatically at that moment. When today we long for God to act, to put the world to rights, we must remind ourselves that God has already done so, and that what we are now awaiting is the full outworking of those events. We wait with patience, not like people in a dark room wondering if anyone will ever come with a lighted candle, but like people in early morning who know that the sun has arisen and are now waiting for the full brightness of midday.

How sweet to be involved now in bringing this closer, now treating one another with respect and honour, now loving – doing what Henri Nouwen in The Wounded Healer calls offering “hospitality” by making space for one another!

He wrote:

Being alive means being loved. This experience tells us that we can only love because we are born out of love, that we can only give because our life is a gift, and that we can only make others free because we are set free by the One whose heart is greater than our own. And when we have finally found the anchor place for our lives within our own center we can be free to let others enter into the space created for them, and allow them to dance their own dance, sing their own song, and speak their own language without fear. Then our presence is no longer threatening and demanding, but inviting and liberating.

(from July 24 Sermon)

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