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Did I Offer Peace Today?

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” —  Henri Nouwen
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A Friend who Cares

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
“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 J.M. NouwenOut of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

Thought for Today

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Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”  –Henri Nouwen
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Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“People with handicaps teach me that being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and caring together is better than caring alone.” —  Henri Nouwen
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Our House Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
Our House
Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”  ― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out

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                                                                        Photo Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

 

“Sometimes we are called to proclaim God’s love even when we are not yet fully able to live it. Does that mean we are hypocrites? Only when our own words no longer call us to conversion. Nobody completely lives up to his or her own ideals and visions. But by proclaiming our ideals and visions with great conviction and great humility, we may gradually grow into the truth we speak.” — Henri Nouwen [Source: Daily Meditation June 21, 2013 http://www.henrinouwen.org/]

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Crane migration in central Nebraska Copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins
Crane migration in central Nebraska
Copyright 2010 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“To love is to think, speak, and act according to the spiritual knowledge that we are infinitely loved by God and called to make that love visible in this world. — Henri Nouwen [Source: Daily Meditation June 16, 2013 http://www.henrinouwen.org/]

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Compassion
Compassion (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

“When we are not concerned about what others think of us or what we will get for what we do, the right words and actions will emerge from the center of our beings because the Spirit of God, who makes us children of God and sets us free, will speak and act through us.” — Henri Nouwen

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Copyright 2010 by R.O. Robbins
Copyright 2010 by R.O. Robbins

“Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.” Henri Nouwen