Thursday Quotables – Reaching Out (Feb 20)

quotation-marks4Thursday quotables is hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies. To take part Lisa shares the following:

If you’d like to participate, it’s really simple:

  • Write a Thursday Quotables post on your blog. Try to pick something from whatever you’re reading now. And please be sure to include a link back to Bookshelf Fantasies in your post (http://www.bookshelffantasies.com), if you’d be so kind!
  • Comment on this post with the link to your own Thursday Quotables post. Or… have a quote to share but not a blog post? Leave your quote in the comments!
  • Have fun!

Since the New Year I seem to have been reading more reflective books than I normally do. I’ve had a lot to think about lately and I think that some of this reflective reading has been helping me to work to some resolve in the things I’ve been thinking about. Currently I am reading Henri J. M. Nouwen’s Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life. It’s one that has been on my shelf for a number of years, but now seems to have been the right time to getting around to reading it. I’m about half-way through and so far there have been some excellent points to ponder over. Two of the ones that have stuck in my mind more than others are as follows:

reaching out large“Our worries and concerns are expressions of our inability to leave unresolved questions unresolved and open-ended situations open-ended.”

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”

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