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Every Bit of Life is Touched by a Bit of Death – Henri Nouwen

September 9, 2022

Joy and sadness are as close to each other as the splendid colored leaves of a New England fall to the soberness of barren trees. When you touch the hand of a returning friend, you already know that he will have to leave again. When you are moved by the quiet vastness of a sun-colored ocean, you miss the friend who cannot see the same. Joy and sadness are born at the same time, both arising from such deep places in your heart that you can’t find words to capture your complex emotions.

But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence. It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.

  1. Michael, thank you for posting this. I don’t know whether your decision to do so was prompted by the death of Queen Elizabeth, queen of several countries including here in Canada. In any event, thank you.

    • Thanks, Bruce! I hadn’t realized the connection until you mentioned it. Spirit must have been working!

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