Nouwen and Silence

I read this morning.
It is working on me and is true for me as well as for Nouwen.
Lord I need to quiet myself.

“Many people ask me to speak, but nobody as yet has invited me for silence. Still, I realize that the more I speak, the more I will need silence to remain faithful to what I say. People expect too much from speaking and too little from silence.”
~ Henry Nouwen The Genesee Diary p.134

I slept hard, I don’t really remember anything, i don’t even know if I moved. I am overcoming the anxiety i have had, I am trying to get it all under control.

I have a lot to learn about myself and how to be healthy. How to know where the limit is. I am possibly joining a small group of artists at fuller to work on some projects this is another thing I am excited about but want to make sure it is the right fit – make sure I am not doing to much.

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Finally I learned today from my wife, why I became a Quaker. It is because of their sense of fashion. When I was showing her some pictures of the Beatles that I love and how cool the guys look,Grandma Death told me that George looked like a Quaker and that’s why I became one! I never looked at it that way. She is always so right about me….

Oh and for an explanation on our new names read the Lazlo files

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

One thought on “Nouwen and Silence”

  1. i realize today that i need to quiet myself also. i have been in much anxiety as i search who i am.my noisy nature is not when i speak, but in my thoughts.i think too much, and i find it hard to stop myself.i read some of nouwen’s books, but applying them seem to be too hard.

    a lot of being silent is needed, i guess.when i am, i am deeply grateful.

    mel

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