Eradicate Blame

We spend a lot of energy wondering who can be blamed for our own or other people’s tragedies – our parents, ourselves, the immigrants, the Jews, the gays, the blacks, the fundamentalists, the Catholics….
But Jesus doesn’t allow us to solve our own or other people’s problems through blame. The challenge he poses is to discern in the midst of our darkness the light of God. In Jesus’ vision everything, even the greatest tragedy, can become an occasion in which God’s works can be revealed.
How radically new my life would be if I were willing to move beyond blame to proclaiming the works of God…. All human beings have their tragedies…. We seldom have much control over them. But do we choose to live them as occasions to blame, or as occasions to see God at work?
My God and my refuge, strip away my habit of blaming – either others or myself – for any big or little tragedies in my life. Challenge me to move beyond the “blame game” and to understand that these misfortunes and setbacks are not under my control. Teach me instead to live through these events and see them as fruitful opportunities for faith and love.
Thanks to the Henri Nouwen Society who works tirelessly to spread his wisdom for the ages.

Above the Canopy of Daily Life

In the day-to-day life of most of us, we find little that challenges us or calls us to more effort than we want to expend. We are content to settle. In fact, we find ourselves covered by the equivalence of a canopy of mundane daily issues with which we are familiar and therefore offer us feelings of security. We don’t resist that temptation to settle because it is the easy way out. In fact, we usually relish the opportunity to just coast along and not be challenged.

But, deep inside of us there is that builtin contest between wanting things to stay the same with little effort and the need to look for the challenges that help us overcome our sedentary mental state and embrace changes. It is this struggle between these two extremes that enables us to grow as human beings.

We need the occasional challenge to call us out of our quiet acceptance to get the blood flowing, to turn over new rocks and discover that which lies hidden beneath, to take that deep breath that exchanges the old stale ways for something new that invigorates.

We need to force our heads above the canopy of everyday life to discover the bright sunlight and the life bringing breeze that recharges our human batteries and gives us new purpose.

Who knows, we might discover our creator in a new way and enjoy how that brings us new life.