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Jesus said to them, ‘Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation’. (Mark 16)

Nouwen’s vioce:

I feel like praying that my life might become simple enough for me to be able to say ‘yes’ when Jesus looks at me with love and invites me to leave everything behind and follow him.

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Hasn’t Poetry Month been fun?

Recording of  “Spin, Spin, Spin” from Seriously Dangerous made at Concord Writers Night Out April 28

Thanks to Jessie Carty

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus…then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord’. (John 21)

Nouwen’s Voice:

While many question whether the resurrection really took place, I wonder if it doesn’t take place every day if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.

I, along with poet John Amen of Charlotte, am the Poet of the Day at Kathryn Stripling Byer’s blog, Here, Where I Am.

Thanks to Kay Byer

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And from Glenda Beall.

The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognized Jesus at the breaking of the bread. [Then] Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!…it is I indeed’. (Luke 24)

Nouwen’s Voice:

‘Do not cling to me’ might mean ‘This is not heaven yet’ but also ‘I am now within you and empower you for a spiritual task in the world, continuing what I have begun. You are the living Christ’.

Two of the disciples of Jesus were on their way to a village called Emmaus… Jesus himself came up and walked by their side; but something prevented them from recognizing him… But while he was with them at table he took bread and said the blessing; …and their eyes were opened and the recognized him. …They said to each other ‘did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us…?’. (Luke 24)

Nouwen’s Voice:

The resurrection stories reveal the always-present tension between coming and leaving, intimacy and distance, holding and letting go, at-homeness and mission, presence and absence. We face that tension every day. It puts us on the journey to the full realization of the promise given to us.

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