“Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love. Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.”
THIS. QUOTE. IS. EVERYTHING.
Henri Nouwen never fails to make sense of the crazy world we live in and the crazy thoughts I seem to have on the regular. I'm so thankful he spent his life sharing his wisdom and rawness. He was a man who struggled with depression, but used this "wounded" area of his life to help heal others. He called it being a "wounded healer". He's taught me that we cannot even begin to help others until we've reached inside the most vulnerable areas of our own hearts. We must then bring those areas to our Lord in prayer. That is when we begin to heal. Asking for his intercession tonight.
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