Tag Archives: Nouwen

Relating to Nature

When we relate to
Just our needs of seeing
Nature does not
Reveal it’s true being

When a tree is
Nothing but a chair
It ceases to tell us
About growing here

When a river is
Just a dumping place
It no longer speaks of
The movement of grace

And when a flower is
A plastic decoration
It has little to say of
The beauty of creation

Natures not a possession
Let’s change our attitude
For it’s a gift to receive
With respect and gratitude

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Four Ways to Discern

Practice of discernment
Through Spirit this day
How God speaks to us
In four different ways

Spoken through nature
Of His beauty shown
In feeling of Presence
His love is known

In the written Word
Through Spirt we find
Media a medium
To enlighten the mind

Souls of encounter
Placed in our way
The things of our God
Through people this day

In current events
His wisdom to claim
To reflect and respond
In His holy name

To read in daily life
What’s God calling me to
It’s a beautiful way
If we live it true

On You My Favor Rests

You are not good enough
Prove your value
You have to perform
Success to pursue

These voices speak loudly
But you have a choice
Seek now the silence
To hear His gentle voice

Through Jesus our Savior
This truth to profess
You are my beloved
On you my favor rests

Repeat it again
Your soul to be blessed
You are my beloved
On you my favor rests

Know it in your soul
With faith to attest
You are my beloved
On you my favor rests

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Now & Then | Henri Nouwen

Given

He took, blessed, and broke
Then He gave the bread
A miracle to all
Five thousand souls were fed

And for His last supper
Again, He took and blessed
He broke and He gave
His love to friends, professed

The chosen One was blessed
On His cross was broken
God incarnate, given
He is the Word spoken

Walking to Emmaus
With bread of which to share
Took, blessed, broke and gave
Our Lord to them appeared

And so, as His beloved
Through Him, spiritually
Chosen, blessed and broken
And given, let us be

Based upon words by Henri Nouwen

Unique Love

Coming from our heart
Within found when we pray
Each of us is called
To love in a new way

No two be the same
Of God’s love to portray
Through us becomes incarnate
In variety of ways

Passionate or hidden
Or gentleness, convey
Each showing God’s love
In our unique own way

God’s love is so rich
And such a vast display
It takes every soul
Of each so show the way

So, let us each shine
Our light here this day
Sharing of God’s love
In our own special way

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

More Here

I want to be more here
Here, because I know
That you, my God, are here
Let this knowledge flow

I know that you love me
And all I need is here
Therefore, here I will sit
A grateful heart to share

To thank you, faithful God
With I AM as Your name
To thank you for your Son
To be with us, we claim

Thank you for the Spirit
So deeply flowing through
Though sometimes I don’t feel it
I know it to be true

Just as I am breathing
A feeling that’s sublime
And so, I know You’re with me
Though, don’t feel it all the time

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

In This Moment Here

God sent us the Spirit
Let us be aware
To be of His dwelling
In this moment here

Practice of present
To nurture and grow
The seed of the moment
Of Spirit to know

Stay where you are
Of being allow
Tasting the fruit
Of God with us now

Of Spiritually living
Of our God’s view
That’s somethings at work
He’ll reveal to you

And so be here
Be quiet and still
In fullness of moment
The soul to be filled

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

A Still Small Voice

In our world of noise
Of worries and fear
Constant distractions
Come listen right here

Settling the soul
Of a silent prayer
For a still small voice
Sometimes hard to hear

It can be very quiet
Our Lord is speaking clear
Voice of love within you
You may have heard it there

Listen to Him saying
I love you, He proclaims
Come and follow me
Calling you by name

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Movements of Henri

Being of the humble
Of vulnerability
Moving from opaqueness
To transparency

A mask of deception
Leads us to despair
Moving from illusion
To Your truth through prayer

Hearts of the broken
A greater hope, employ
Moving from our sorrow
To eternal joy

Human of emotion
Chose our attitude
Moving from resentment
To One of gratitude

Souls of belonging
Past lies of delusion
Moving from exclusion
To one of inclusion

Mortal bones and body
Draw the Spirits breath
Moving from denying
to befriending death

Sinners of worried
Our true treasure find
Moving from our fear
To love of the divine

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Shaped

Each day we’re being shaped
This truth now let us see
Physically and mental
And soul spiritually

A gift granted to us
That we are truly free
If we do ignore it
World ends up shaping me

With two enemies
Of anger and of greed
Let us claim our choices
New way to proceed

But where shall we turn?
Three actions lead the way
Solitude and silence
Seeking let us pray

One of transformation
Through Spirit set apart
Fruit of actions be
Flowing from the heart