Gleanings: The Ministry of Receiving

Henri Nouwen reminds us that receiving is as much a ministry as giving is…

But receiving is just as important, because by receiving we reveal to the givers that they have gifts to offer. When we say, “Thank you, you gave me hope; thank you, you gave me a reason to live; thank you, you allowed me to realise my dream,” we make givers aware of their unique and precious gifts. Sometimes it is only in the eyes of the receivers that givers discover their gifts.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 45 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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2 Responses to Gleanings: The Ministry of Receiving

  1. Roy says:

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  2. aliceny says:

    What a coincidence. I just read a posting by Rev. Daniel Horan OFM on his blog today entitled, “St. Francis and the Impossible Gift of Love.” You may find it interesting.
    You can check it out at

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