Empowered to Be – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

Who are we?  Are we what we do?  Are we what others say about us?  Are we the power we have?  It often seems that way in our society.  But the Spirit of Jesus given to us reveals our true spiritual identities.  The Spirit reveals that we belong not to a world of success, fame, or power but to God.  The world enslaves us with fear; the Spirit frees us from that slavery and restores  us to the true relationship.  That is what Paul means when he says:  “All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons [daughters] of God, for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, ‘Abba, Father!'”  (Romans 8:15).

Who are we?  We are God’s beloved sons and daughters!

For further reflection …

“How great is the love which the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3: 1 (NIV)


We are invited to praise God, even in our times of suffering. In our own chapters of life, tribulation will come, but so will endurance, grace, and blessings.

-from The Princess Guide