Tag Archives: 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

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Solitude and Community

(Based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Through the discipline
Of solitude, seeing
We discover God’s space
In our most innermost being

Through the discipline
Of community
We discover Gods’ space
In our life, you and me

Both disciplines belong
Realization embrace
Within and among us
Are the same space

In that space divine
God’s Spirit prays
Let us seek it
All of our days

Heart Words

Words that are not flesh
Remain such, just “as words”
Do not affect our lives
Power is not heard

If one says “I love you”
Without emotion deep
They do more harm than good
Connection is not reaped

But if the same is spoken
Flowing from the heart
Something special happens
As new life they impart

It is of importance
That we keep in touch
With our source of words
Not just speak them much

Great is our temptation
A “pleaser” to us be
If just of pleasing words
No roots in our words be

In our hearts be rooted
Word within the way
Taking time in silence
Words of heart we pray

Based upon text from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey