Many people suffer because of the false supposition on which they have based their lives. That supposition is that there should be no fear or loneliness, no confusion or doubt. But these sufferings can only be dealt with creatively when they are understood as wounds integral to our human condition. Therefore ministry is a very confronting service. It does not allow people to live with illusions of immortality and wholeness. It keeps us reminding others that they are mortal and broken, but also that with the the recognition of this condition, liberation starts.

–Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer, as quoted by Eugene Peterson in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.

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