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I Hope

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I hope that I will always be for each person
what he or she needs me to be.
I hope that each person’s death will diminish me,
but that fear of my own will never diminish my joy of life.
I hope that my love for those whom I like will never lessen
my love for those whom I do not.
I hope that another person’s love for me will never
be a measure of my love for him or her.
I hope that everybody will accept me as I am,
but that I never will.
I hope that I will always ask for forgiveness from others,
but will never need to be asked for my own . . .
I hope that I will always recognize my limitations,
but that I will construct none.
I hope that loving will always be my goal,
but that love will never be my idol.
I hope that everyone will always have hope.

-Henri Nouwen

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2 comments to I Hope

  • bob kunders

    I am looking for a story I once heard about an art collector who had many valuable paintings, as well as a paintng of his son. When he died, there was to be an auction for people to buy the paintings. The catch was that the first painting to be sold must be that of his son. No one wanted it. Finally to get the auction started someone purchased that painting. With that purchase, all was surprised when they learned that that purchase also gave the buyer all of the other paintings.

    This then was equated to the illustration of God providing Jesus and if we have Jesus we have it “all”!

    Do you have a copy of this illustration?

    thank you

    bob Kunders

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