For Crying Out Loud
The Psalmist tells us that God hears the cry of the poor. We human beings are afraid of this cry; it undermines our comfort, our security and our well-being. We avoid the poor; we do not want to look at them.
Our Journey Home, Novalis, p.20
The Word of God Remains Forever
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God remains for ever” (Isaiah 40:8). The Word of God is powerful indeed. Not only the Jesus Prayer but many words from the Scriptures can reshape the inner self. When I take the words that strike me during a service into the day and slowly repeat them while reading or working, more or less chewing on them, they create new life. Sometimes when I wake up during the night I am still saying them, and they become like wings carrying me above the moods and turbulences of the days and weeks.
by Henri J.M. Nouwen