Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 25, 2006

Love and the Pain of Leaving By Henri Nouwen

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open
ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love
cause us not only great joy but also great pain.   The
greatest pain comes from leaving.  When the child leaves
home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of
time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another
country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us

Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will
never experience the joy of loving.  And love is stronger
than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than
despair.  We have to trust that the risk of loving is always
worth taking.



  1. I especially like the last line of this.

  2. I argee with Carol, the last line is the best. Loving someone is a risk, but who wants to live a life without love?

  3. yeah definetly

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