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October 29, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

God Weeps

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In my explorations of the blogosphere today I ran across these thoughful words from Henri Nouwen:

“When God looks at our world, God weeps. God weeps because the lust for power has entrapped and corrupted the human spirit. Instead of gratitude there is resentment, instead of praise there is criticism, instead of forgiveness there is revenge, instead of healing there is wounding, instead of compassion there is competition, instead of cooperation there is violence, and instead of love there is immense fear.

“God weeps when God looks at our beautiful planet and sees thousands of maimed bodies lying on the battlefields, lonely children roaming the streets of big cities, prisoners locked behind bars and thick walls, mentally ill men and women wasting their time in the wards of large institutions, and millions of people dying from starvation and neglect. God weeps because God knows the agony and anguish we have brought upon ourselves by wanting to take our destiny in our own hands and lord it over others.”

Wow! Thoughts?

UPDATE:  If you would like to learn more about Henri you can check out the Henri Nouwen Society’s webpage or his reading group blog.

(h/t to Mike Cope)
thanks to tanakawho for the flickr photo

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  1. curtismchale / Oct 29 2007 2:45 am

    I weep too. Social justice really gets me in the heart. I have to read a book by Nouwen for school and now I am exicted to see what he has to say.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Oct 29 2007 6:56 am

    What book? I’m sure it will be a great read. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. curtismchale / Oct 29 2007 3:02 pm

    In the name of Jesus. I will write about it as I read it.

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