“The Truth of Who You Are” (Henri Nouwen)

“Prayer is listening to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved.  [Prayer] is to constantly go back to the Truth of who we are [in God] and claim it for ourselves. I’m not what I do.  I’m not what people say about me.  I’m not [my posessions].  My life is not rooted in the world, the things the world gives me.

My life is rooted in the truth of my spiritual identity.  Whatever we do—we have to go back regularly to that place of core identity.”

-Henri Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life

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“God Is” (Douglas Wood)

God is indeed deep,
and much higher than high.
God is swift and free as the wind,
and still and solid as a great rock.”

God is the life of the world, always close by,
yet beyond the farthest twinkling light.”

God is gentle and powerful, above all
things and within all things.”

God is all that we dream of,
and all that we seek,
all that we come from and,
all that we can find.

God is.

Douglas Wood, Old Turtle