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Voice of the Day: ‘Put your brokenness under the blessing’

The great mystery of God’s love is that we are not asked to live as if we are not hurting, as if we are not broken. In fact, we are invited to recognize our brokenness as a brokenness in which we can come in touch with the unique way that God loves us. The great invitation is to live your brokenness under the blessing. I cannot take people’s brokenness away and people cannot take my brokenness away. But how do you live in your brokenness? Do you live your brokenness under the blessing or under the curse? The great call of Jesus is to put your brokenness under the blessing.
– Henri J.M. Nouwen
Lecture at Scarritt-Bennett Center
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posted October 3, 2007 at 11:41 am

Does this mean see our flaws or shortcomings as a blessing? Perhaps it means see our suffering as a blessing. This is intriguing to me just as I have always found the beatitudes to be a challenge. If you are mourning, you will some day find comfort, and thus no longer mourn, but why is that a blessing?
I feel like there is a deep truth in this, resting just outside of my reach.
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posted October 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

“Perhaps it means see our suffering as a blessing.”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

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