March 23rd, 2013

shoulder cry on

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.” ~Henri Nouwen

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  1. […] you for sharing this Soulseeds… I’ve never seen the sentiment put into words so […]

  2. Shereen says:

    It touches the heart, thanks Ian.      

  3. Virginia Urbach says:

    The day that my husband died at the hospital, I was alone and grieving. An angel in the form of a grief counselor came to my side, held my hand and wrapped her arms around me but spoke very little. She told me she was sorry and just held my hand until my sister and her husband came to take me away. She was my friend that day without even speaking but just being there in my helplessness. Thank you, Ian, for reminding me to send her a card.

  4. Thank you so much for this beautiful thought from Henri Nouwen. It is a reminder of how we can best help those in our lives who are suffering. Words are often easier than simply, physically and spiritually, being present for a friend going through pain or loss.

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