I’m not sure whether this will work – it’s my first ever attempt to write a blog.
So I’m feeling particularly powerless…
I’m not at all sure about most of today’s passage from Nouwen – sure, power can be abused, but without it I wouldn’t be able to type this blog and post it using the computer. the challenge, surely, is always to keep in view the origin of all power – God. That puts ourselves into perspective. Paradoxically it both releases power in us – what was Pentecost if not a gift of power to us all? – and restrains us from abusing the power which is in us.
And above all I love the final words quoted from Nouwen – “Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life”. (my italics).
“love” is so often thought of as nice mushy feelings. It is said that “love is blind”. In fact the person who truly loves another is wide awake, sees clearly, knows how to react to the other – because they do not need the other. Too often what we call love is really our own need or desire. True love seeks the good of the other – which is not necessarily the same as meeting the needs and desires of the other.
May God increase His love in us through this Advent season, for our healing and for the healing of the world.