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Written By Bobby Schuller
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." -John 14:27
A good friend of mine, Jan van den Bosch, who is Chairman of the Hour of Power in the Netherlands, was very good friends with one of my favorite spiritual writers, Henri Nouwen.
When Henri would come out for a visit, Jan would set up all kinds of things to do because he was afraid of Henri. He said Henri had this ability to see into a man's soul and to break through all the masks and all the fronts. So, because Jan didn't want to be broken into, he would set up all of these things for Henri to do. Jan would say, "Okay, Henri, we're going on a bike ride today, then we're going to go have coffee, then we're going to visit some friends, then some friends are going to come over, then we're going to have dinner, and then we're going to hit the sack."
Henri would put his hand on his friend's shoulder and he would say, "Jan, I came to see you. I didn't come to do all of these things, to be busy and fractured, and to think about tomorrow. I'm thinking about right now, that I'm sitting across on a couch with one of my closest friends. Jan, you're my brother in Christ and I love you. I came to see you."
Henri Nouwen was filled with the love of God so that, no matter what he did, no matter what decisions he made, he knew God loved him and that made him become like God in the way that he lived his life.
Those same words that Henri Nouwen said to Jan, God is saying to each one of us. We do these things in life to keep busy, but God is saying, "I've come to see you and to be with you. I've come to spend my day with you, right now, right here. Wherever you are, there I am, too! You'll never be alone, because I've come to be with you."
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being with me every day. Thank you for caring about the littlest things in my life, and the big things, as well. I pray I never feel alone know you are ever with me. Amen.
Reflection: Think of God as that friend who wants to be just with you. How does that make you feel?
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"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."