Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Prayer is Something to Do During a Free Hour!?

Henri Nouwen said, “We have fallen into the temptation of  separating ministry from spirituality, service from prayer. Our imagedemon says, ‘We are too busy to pray; we have too many needs to attend to, too many people to respond to, too many wounds to heal.’ Prayer is a luxury, something to do during a free hour, a day away from work or on retreat. Service and prayer can never be separated; they are as related to each other as the yin and yang of the Japanese Circle. The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Compassion is the fruit of solitude and the basis of all ministry. The purification and transformation that take place in solitude manifest themselves in compassion.” (Bob Buford’s ACTIVEnergy.net 1/4/08 via Church Leader's Intelligence Report)

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