Nouwen: The Power of the Spirit

In and through Jesus we come to know God as a powerless God, who becomes dependent on us.  But it is precisely in this powerlessness that God’s power reveals itself.  This is not the power that controls, dictates, and commands.  It is the power that heals, reconciles, and unites.  It is the power of the Spirit.  When Jesus appeared people wanted to be close to him and touch him because “power came out of him” (Luke 6:19).


It is this power of the divine Spirit that Jesus wants to give us.  The Spirit indeed empowers us and allows us to be healing presences.  When we are filled with that Spirit, we cannot be other than healers.


Henri Nouwen

Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen, ©1997 HarperSanFrancisco.


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