something to ponder

each day, i receive an e-mail from the henry nouwen society that contains a short mediation designed to "inspire and guide (my) mind and heart." when i check my inbox in the morning, i can take a moment to reflect on truth. today's letter was especially inspiring encouraging and i wanted to share it with my blog readers. i love the idea of picturing us as a band of gypsies, roaming without a home here on earth, caring for and loving one another through laughter and mourning, until we arrive where we truly belong.

Called out of Slavery

The Church is the people of God. The Latin word for "church," ecclesia, comes from the Greek ek, which means "out," and kaleo, which means "to call." The Church is the people of God called out of slavery to freedom, sin to salvation, despair to hope, darkness to light, an existence centered on death to an existence focused on life. When we think of Church we have to think of a body of people, travelling together. We have to envision women, men, and children of all ages, races, and societies supporting one another on their long and often tiresome journeys to their final home.


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