4 maart 2015

Instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures . . .

"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.

T he 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 Nouwen, 1932-1996

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4 opmerkingen:

  1. Wat mooi beschreven, en zo waar.
    - Amen -

  2. Mooi gezegd, inderdaad! "Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give"

  3. Een tekst om in een lijstje op te hangen als reminder voor elke dag.


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