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Powerlessness December 30, 2008

Filed under: Christianity,homelessness,inspiration — Karen Shafer @ 9:52 pm

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


God ‘Unmasks the Illusion of Power’


‘Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart.’

~~Matthew 11:29


“God chose powerlessness.   God chose to enter into human history in complete weakness.  That divine choice forms the center of the Christian faith.  In Jesus of Nazareth, the powerless God appeared among us to unmask the illusion of power, to disarm the prince of darkness who rules the world, and to bring the divided human race to a new unity.


Through total and unmitigated powerlessness, God shows us divine mercy.  The radical, divine choice is the choice to reveal glory, beauty, truth, peace, joy, and, most of all, love in and through the complete divestment of power.  It is very hard — if not impossible — for us to grasp this divine mystery.”


                                        ~~Henri Nouwen,  ‘Advent Meditations from the Writings of Henri Nouwen’


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