For some time I’ve wanted to have a name for this blog but could never quite find a title I loved, until yesterday!
I was perusing my favorite Henri Nouwen book Here and Now and came across a phrase I knew would be perfect for my blog – “Speaking about the Sun”
Now, I’m not sure if Nouwen wanted it to be a pun on Son and Sun, I am assuming he did, but it works great for how I envision this blog’s purpose. For me, this blog is a place where I can speak about the sun and son.
Not all my posts are theological, most are not, but whatever the content of the post I hope that a message of joy and gratitude comes across.
Today happens to be a grey cloudy day, but I’m counting my many blessings and looking for rays of sun! I hope and pray you’re able to do the same.
“Joy is contagious, just as sorrow is. I have a friend who radiates joy, not because his life is easy, but because he habitually recognizes God’s presence in the midst of all human suffering, his own as well as others’. Wherever he goes, whomever he meets, he is able to see and hear something beautiful, something for which to be grateful. He doesn’t deny the great sorrow that surrounds him nor is he blind or deaf to the agonizing sights and sounds of his fellow human beings, but his spirit gravitates toward the light in the darkness and the prayers in the midst of the cries of despair. His eyes are gentle; his voice is soft. There is nothing sentimental about him. He is a realist, but his deep faith allows him to know that hope is more real than despair, faith more real than distrust, and love more real than fear. It is this spiritual realism that makes him such a joyful man. Whenever I meet him, I am tempted to draw his attention to the wars between nations, the starvation among children, the corruption in politics, and the deceit among people, thus trying to impress him with the ultimate brokenness of the human race. But every time I try something like this, he looks at me with his gentle and compassionate eyes and says: “I saw two children sharing their bread with one another, and I heard a woman say ‘thank you’ and smile when someone covered her with a blanket. These simple for people gave me new courage to live my life. My friend’s joy is contagious. The more I am with him, the more I catch glimpses of the sun shining through the clouds. Yes, I know there is a sun, even though the skies are covered with clouds. While my friend always spoke about the sun, I kept speaking about the clouds, until one day I realized that it was the sun that allowed me to see the clouds. Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.”
— Henri Nouwen