The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen

“Yes, we must mourn our losses. We cannot talk or act them away, but we can shed tears over them and allow ourselves to grieve deeply. To grieve is to allow our losses to tear apart feelings of security and safety and lead us to the painful truth of our brokenness…

“But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, yet very surprising voice of the One who says, “Blessed are those that mourn, for they SHALL be comforted.’ That is the unexpected news:

there is a blessing hidden in our grief.

“Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn! Somehow in the midst of our tears a gift is hidden. Somehow in the midst of our mourning, the first steps of the dance take place. Somehow, the cries that well up from our losses belong to our songs of gratitude.”

From: The Way of the Heart, Henri Nouwen

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