Saturday, January 3, 2009

A new year's blessing

"May all your expectations be frustrated.

May all your plans be thwarted.

May all of your desires be withered into nothingness.

That you may experience the powerlessness and

poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of

God the Father, the Son, and the Spirit."

A blessing prayed over Henri Nouwen by a friend.

Happy New Year.



  1. Dave,
    I so love/hate that blessing!

  2. Dave,

    As it beginds to dawn upon us, sink into us in our 'knower' how much love He has 4 us and in wanting to have that reality explode within us, we WILL not resist, in fact we will discover the God-Father ability to relinquish in loosing our soul life and its agendas for something so real, so freeing...Even so Lord--Come!

    Thank you Bro for this right from the heart of the Father New Year Blessing.

  3. Bones... me too! But we know, don't we, that that is the road to real Life!

    Blessings to you, Bro.

  4. Rich... for sure... as much as we hate pain we know this is the necessary process... allowing Him to unravel us, disillusioning us from our expectations, assumptions and desires, in order to get to the bottom of it all. If we want Him then we will daily, moment by moment choose to keep going into Him and allow Him to live through us. And the more we venture into this real Life the more we become unraveled ever more. Sometimes it seems that we are left for dead but our heart continues to cry, "Oh that we may know Him!"

    Yeah, Bones, a love/hate relationship seems to sum it up for me at the moment. I think it's just a matter of time when I'm going to give up, once and for all, trying to find life in anything or anywhere else. That is my ongoing prayer.

  5. My immediate reaction was 'whoa!!, Dave", but when reading and meditating on the words it is an awesome prayer and blessing.

    Its real special!!!

  6. Hi Lennart... it reminds me of the apostle Paul's wild statement:

    "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

    That kind of "craziness." But as much as our flesh wants to reject such talk the Truth of it is confirmed in our hearts.

    I'm not quite there yet. I think I am still trying to resist... like I got so much better to lose... well there is that illusion of control.