|Olentangy Indian Caverns, near Columbus, Ohio|
In the 1980s I wrote Henri Nouwen a letter, asking him a question. To my delight, Henri wrote me back.
204 of Nouwen's personal letters have been published in Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life. Here we have a repository of depth and wisdom, a deep well dug over years of praying, meditation on Scripture, serving others, and engagement with the Jesus Tribe.
In one of them, written in 1976, Nouwen wrote to a friend who was in a spiritual abyss.
“A simple-minded, simple-eyed commitment to God is all that counts,” Nouwen wrote. “We will never overcome the demons by analyzing them, but only by forgetting them in an all-consuming love for God. God is simple, demons are complex. Demons like to be analyzed, because that keeps our attention directed to them. God wants to be loved.”
My four books are:
Encounters with the Holy Spirit (co-edited with Janice Trigg)