Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nouwen (Sacred Space – December 15)

In the course of reading and meditating this week, I’ve come across a couple of poems that seem so suited to where this season is taking me. I want to share them with you.

Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Roman Catholic priest who taught for awhile and then left teaching to share his life with a community of mentally handicapped people in Canada. He wrote over 40 books on spirituality and is highly regarded by Protestants and Catholics alike for his profound insights on the faith.

An Advent Prayer by Henri Nouwen

Lord Jesus, Master of both the light & the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, “Come Lord Jesus!

I feel like I’m getting prepared for the arrival of this King. There is more I can do and will do, but “Come Lord Jesus!”

~ Godspeed

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