A great companion for the “Pilgrimage of the Soul” and contemplative journey is Father Henri Nouwen. His writings are vast and very simple and down to earth. A great place to begin is a short book I recently read called, “The Life of the Beloved.”

Here’s a blessing from Father Henri to savor on a Monday morning.

“I have called you by name, from the very beginning. You are mine and I am yours. You are my beloved, on whom my favor rests. I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb. I have carved you in the palm of my hand and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace. I look at you with infinite tenderness, and care for you with the care more intimate than that of a mother for her child. I have counted every hair on your head and guided your every step. Wherever you go, I go with you, whenever you rest, I keep watch. I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger, and drink that will quench all your thirst. I will not hide my face from you. You know me as your own as I know you as my own. You belong to me. I am your father, your mother, your brother, your sister, your lover, and your spouse. Wherever you are I will be. Nothing will ever separate us. We are one.”

-HENRI NOUWEN

Jeremy Berg is the founding pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Mound, Minnesota, and Professor of Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy is completing his doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary in Chicago. He holds a M.A. in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (2005) and B.A. from Bethel University (2002). He and his wife, Kjerstin, keep busy chasing around three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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