- Monday, 14 October 2013 |
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On Sunday I returned from Egypt. While there, I was struck by the beautiful godly attitude I saw displayed in the lives of followers of Jesus. Even though they are living in a country that is in great turmoil, their lives are displaying the love, joy, and peace of the Spirit of God in a clear and fresh way. And as they display the true heart of God towards others, they are dispelling some of the prejudices that Muslims have against Christians.
Reflecting on this reminded me of a story that Henry Nouwen shared in his article, Moving from Solitude to Community to Ministry. It was a story about a little river. The little river was determined to be a big river and it worked hard to become one. It faced all kinds of obstacles – a rock, then a wall, and then a forest – and each time it pushed and pushed its way through, becoming bigger and stronger as it went. The river eventually reached a desert, and though it was determined to make its way through it, it couldn’t. Then it heard a voice from above telling it to surrender. When it did, the sun lifted the river up into a cloud, brought it over the desert and released it as life-giving rain into fields that became fruitful.
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