Monday, January 28, 2013

The Life of the Beloved

"“the real "work" of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me."
~Henri J.M. Nouwen

I recently visited a friend of mine who I caught right in the middle of writing a study to present to her Bible study class. While interrupting her, I noticed her had in her possession this book by Henri JM Nowen. She allowed me to take it home for a day or two to read. Its a wonderful book written to inspire the reader to connect with the Christ self, becoming aware of just how loved we all really are and believe that you ARE the Beloved ♥

“When we claim and constantly reclaim the truth of being the chosen ones, we soon discover within ourselves a deep desire to reveal to others their own chosenness. Instead of making us feel that we are better, more precious or valuable than others, our awareness of being chosen opens our eyes to the chosenness of others. That is the great joy of being chosen: the discovery that others are chosen as well. In the house of God there are many mansions. There is a place for everyone - a unique, special place. Once we deeply trust that we ourselves are precious in God's eyes, we are able to recognize the preciousness of others and their unique places in God's heart.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World