Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Henri Nouwen's Reminder to We Who are Easily Depressed

Our Unique Call
by Henri Nouwen

So many terrible things happen every day that we start wondering whether the few things we do ourselves make any sense. When people are starving only a few thousand miles away, when wars are raging close to our borders, when countless people in our own cities have no homes to live in, our own activities look futile. Such considerations, however, can paralyse us and depress us.

Here the word call becomes important. We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world. We have to keep asking God to help us see clearly what our call is and to give us the strength to live out that call with trust. Then we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time.


Joyce said...


Thank you so much for posting this. I really needed this reminder. God is good.

Thanks, bro.

Anonymous said...


I second that motion. Thank you for posting this. It's so timely, and encouraging for me.

Love your writing - please keep blogging.