Day 21 — Healing
Healing is another one of those action words. I feel like I’ve had my fair share of wounding in the past, especially from childhood experiences, but one thing I’ve found is that sharing my own vulnerabilities can call forth healing in others.
Henri Nouwen, one of my favorite authors, has been such an inspiration to me. My favorite book of his is The Wounded Healer. Nouwen understood that one of the best ways to heal yourself was to help heal others. He said:
In our own woundedness, we can become a source of life for others.
I hold on to that thought, and it’s why I do a lot of what I do with the Care Ministry at our church. I try to keep Nouwen’s attitude and questions in my mind as I go about my life. He asks us:
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.
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Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, (Nijkerk, January 24, 1932 – Hilversum, September 21, 1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, Nouwen went on to work with mentally and physically handicapped people at the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)