Words that resonate–Henri Nouwen

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

~Henri Nouwen


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4 thoughts on “Words that resonate–Henri Nouwen

    1. I agree, though I have heard so many stories from the fire in Alberta that lead me to believe we are all capable of it, at least for moments. Who knows, if we work at joining the moments together, we could have minutes and hours, and perhaps then we could become that type of friend. That is my goal.

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