Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wounded Yet Healing

For various reasons I thought this would be a good time to revisit The Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen. Here are a couple pieces of wisdom I gleaned:

He [sic] is called to be the wounded healer, the one who must look after his own wounds but at the same time be prepared to heal the wounds of others.

It strikes me that we often take seriously the second half of that sentence and not the first. Yet without looking after our own wounds, we will not be effective in healing the wounds of others. How often do we tend to our own wounds? Or do we instead think we don't have the time or money or that they are not really that important anyway?

This is exactly the announcement of the wounded healer: "The master is coming - not tomorrow, but today, not next year, but this year, not after all our misery is passed but right here where we are standing."

What is this but the good news? We are all wounded in one way or another, and the healing part is not always easy, but we are not alone.

Nouwen writes about the leadership we practice as wounded healers... it is grounded in the historic Christ-event which is understood as a definitive breach in the deterministic chain of human trial and error, and as a dramatic affirmation that there is light on the other side of darkness.

Thanks be to God!

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