Life of the Beloved – Blessed

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One of the most impactful books I’ve read in quite a while is Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved. As a priest and professor, Nouwen writes in a compelling way that touches both head and heart. This little book takes four words and uses them to explain our spiritual identity. In my previous post, I wrote about the idea of being taken – or chosen – by God. When we see ourselves as chosen by God, we no longer feel accidental or incidental. This perspective is foundational to a healthy spiritual life. The next word is just as important: Blessed “The feeling of being accursed comes easily. We easily hear an inner voice calling us evil, bad, rotten, worthless, useless, doomed to sickness and death. Isn’t it easier for us to believe that we are cursed than that we are blessed?” – Nouwen “There is little or no neutral territory…

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