Archive for September 4th, 2021

Letting Go In Prayer


Written by Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), a Dutch priest, professor, writer, and theologian. This is an excerpt from his book “With Open Hands.”

Praying, therefore, means being constantly ready to let go of your certainty and to move on further than where you now are. It demands that you take to the road again and again, leaving your house and looking forward to a new land for yourself and your fellowman. This is why praying demands poverty, that is, the readiness to live a life in which you have nothing to lose so that you always begin afresh. Whenever you willingly choose this poverty you make yourself vulnerable, but you also become free to see the world and to let the world be seen in its true form.


Written by Jill Weber, is a contemporary spiritual director and the director of Houses of Prayer.

God, I bring before You complex situations in my life where I don’t know how to unravel the tangle of my own brokenness–where I’m feeling vulnerable and exposed. Perhaps even where others are exploiting my weakness for their own agenda. In the quiet, I ask for your wisdom and I listen.

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