Henri Nouwen on Poverty

March 18, 2014

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Loving this from Henri Nouwen this morning.

There are many forms of poverty:  economic poverty, physical poverty, emotional poverty, mental poverty, and spiritual poverty.  As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community.  Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts.  Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life.

An appreciation for my own poverty has been powerful as I seek to engage in helping others out of poverty. It brings me to a place where I’m not coming to help with my own house completely in order. It brings me as a co-sojourner. It brings a humility that says “You and I are both poor- just in different ways. Let’s learn from each other.”

 

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3 Responses to “Henri Nouwen on Poverty”

  1. mcsimpso Says:

    I think I need to chew on that for a few weeks to really understand it.

    Charlie Simpson — Sent from Mailbox for iPhone

    On Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:09 AM, Frustrated Farmgirl


  2. Reblogged this on Mixing Chicory and commented:
    This is beautiful and I think I’m going to share it with my clients.


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