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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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Thought for Today

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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Thought for Today

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

Thought for Today

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“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/%5D