The life of Jesus refutes this dark world of illusion that entraps us. To return home is to turn from these illusions, from dissipation, and from our desperate attempts to live up to others’ expectations. We are not what we do. We are not what we have. We are not what others think of us. Coming home is claiming the truth. I am the beloved child of a loving Creator. We no longer have to beg for permission from the world to exist.

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  1. Chuck,

    Greetings.  RCA pastor from IN.  Just ordered your book.   Looking forward to reading it.

    As for this post … yes, yes, yes.  Love Nouwen’s stuff about this.  The portion on ‘Solitude’ from his essay “Moving from Solitude to Community to Ministry” has made a HUGE impact on me.  (in fact, just wrote a reflection on the second page here:  

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