Always keep your divine appointments, even when they freak out your friends.
In All is Grace: A Ragamuffin Memoir by Brennan Manning, Manning writes about the sudden death of his first childhood best friend and cites it as “a wound,” but that his impression of Roosevelt’s radio address about the attack on Pearl Harbor (which occurred at about the same time) was “a wound filled with hope.” “A wound filled with hope,” I like that. Henri J.M. Nouwen wrote about that idea without using such words in The Wounded Healer. That’s certainly one of the greatest gifts of grace — to find your deepest wounds filled with hope so that you may use that hope to help and to love others.
So yes, as I wrote in Endless in the not easy: I don’t look for people to devour, I look for people to love.
There is a beautiful doxology prayer I wrote back in 2004 and added lines to…
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