"Along with trust there must be gratitude--the opposite of resentment. Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don't receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy. . . . There is the option to look into the eyes of the One who came out to search for me and see therein that all I am and all I have is pure gift calling for gratitude." The Return of the Prodigal (Doubleday), p. 85In those eighty-odd words I find something I should chew on for days, if not weeks. And this is so typical when reading Nouwen. Words to take with me on the never-ending path of conversion.
Friday, October 01, 2010
Random Thought from Henri Nouwen: On Gratitude
Thumbing through Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son, which I read and marked up last spring, I come across the following passage, which deals with the elder's son attitude toward his returning brother: