Gleanings: Life as a Journey

I like this image of life, provided by Henri Nouwen in Bread for the Journey (March 31)…

This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.

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Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books.
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2 Responses to Gleanings: Life as a Journey

  1. Ellen Steinberg says:

    Oh, so very true. If I would remember this, I wouldn’t get so bogged down in this life 🙂

  2. aliceny says:

    Respectfully, Pastor Harper–
    If you are using the metaphor of a trip or a journey that we are on (as God’s creation, His children), then what about the flip side that we see/hear and record in slides as part of our journey?
    All is NOT wonderful ALL of the time. What about the hurting, broken, violent people that we see? What about the slums, the homeless, the drug addicted that we see, especially in our urban areas? It is all about our supposed roles as Jesus’ disciples in this world — to be seen doing the things that He has asked us to do — and beseeching Him in prayer to aid us in trying to right the terrible wrong and inequality that we see and, for the good things we see and hear, a prayer of praise and thanksgiving?

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