Henri Nouwen’s book, The wounded Healer, is one of my favorites.  He speaks of being a agent of healing from the places of woundedness and brokenness within our own stories.  We are called to offer to others the comfort which we have received from God (2 Cor.  1 ) and in doing so we allow our lives to be poured out like a drink offering for another. Here is today’s quote from the Nouwen society: 

“Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not “How can we hide our wounds?” so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but “How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?” When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers. Jesus is God’s wounded healer: through his wounds we are healed. Jesus’ suffering and death brought joy and life. His humiliation brought glory; his rejection brought a community of love. As followers of Jesus we can also allow our wounds to bring healing to others.”

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