A few excerpts from the third chapter of Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Beloved:
The first response, then, to our brokenness is to face it squarely and befriend it. This may seem quite unnatural. Our first, most spontaneous response to pain and suffering is to avoid it, keep it at arm’s length; to ignore, circumvent or deny it. Suffering- be it physical, mental or emotional- is almost always experienced as an unwelcome intrusion into our lives, something that should not be there. It is difficult, if not impossible, to see anything positive in suffering; it must be avoided away at all costs. When this is, indeed, our spontaneous attitude toward our brokenness, it is no surprise that befriending it seems, at first, masochistic.
Still, my own pain in life has taught me that the first step to healing is not a step away from the pain, but a step…
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