a recent conversation with someone prompted me to remember this blessing given to Henri Nouwen by his spiritual mentor:

May all your expectations be frustrated.
May all your plans be thwarted.
May all your desires be withered into nothingness.
That you may experience the powerlessness and the poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God the Father, the Son and the Spirit.
i'm not exactly sure how i would accept such a blessing, should it come my way. granted, the payoff from all the frustration, thwarting & whithering would be worth it. but my tendency is to run away from all that is hard and sucky. i desire growth, and yet balk at the things that would produce what i want.
may i have the courage to live...regardless of what each day brings.


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