Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 19, 2006

Meeting God in the Poor By Henri Nouwen

When we are not afraid to confess our own poverty, we will
be able to be with other people in theirs.  The Christ who
lives in our own poverty recognises the Christ who lives in
other people’s.   Just as we are inclined to ignore our own
poverty, we are inclined to ignore others’.  We prefer not
to see people who are destitute, we do not like to look at
people who are deformed or disabled, we avoid talking about
people’s pains and sorrows, we stay away from brokenness,
helplessness, and neediness.

By this avoidance we might lose touch with the people
through whom God is manifested to us.  But when we have
discovered God in our own poverty, we will lose our fear of
the poor and go to them to meet God.

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