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July 23, 2010 - What We Feel Is Not Who We Are

What We Feel Is Not Who We Are



Our emotional lives move up and down constantly. Sometimes we experience great mood swings: from excitement to depression, from joy to sorrow, from inner harmony to inner chaos. A little event, a word from someone, a disappointment in work, many things can trigger such mood swings. Mostly we have little control over these changes. It seems that they happen to us rather than being created by us.



Thus it is important to know that our emotional life is not the same as our spiritual life. Our spiritual life is the life of the Spirit of God within us. As we feel our emotions shift we must connect our spirits with the Spirit of God and remind ourselves that what we feel is not who we are. We are and remain, whatever our moods, God's beloved children.









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Pastoral Identity and Authenticity Online - The Lutheran Zephyr

What do you think about this? This is something I've been giving more and more thought to as internship approaches in a matter of weeks. Chris has made some excellent points.

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July 22, 2010 - Crossing the Road for One Another

Bridging the Gap Between People



To become neighbours is to bridge the gap between people. As long as there is distance between us and we cannot look in each other's eyes, all sorts of false ideas and images arise. We give them names, make jokes about them, cover them with our prejudices, and avoid direct contact. We think of them as enemies. We forget that they love as we love, care for their children as we care for ours, become sick and die as we do. We forget that they are our brothers and sisters and treat them as objects that can be destroyed at will.



Only when we have the courage to cross the street and look in one another's eyes can we see there that we are children of the same God and members of the same human family.









Share your thoughts on this reflection. These reflections are taken from Henri J.M. Nouwen's Bread for the Journey.



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