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Friday, May 9, 2008

Daily Meditation (Henri Nouwen)

The Cup of Life

When the mother of James and John asks Jesus to give her sons a special place in his Kingdom, Jesus responds, "Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?" (Matthew 20:22). "Can we drink the cup?" is the most challenging and radical question we can ask ourselves. The cup is the cup of life, full of sorrows and joys. Can we hold our cups and claim them as our own? Can we lift our cups to offer blessings to others, and can we drink our cups to the bottom as cups that bring us salvation?

Keeping this question alive in us is one of the most demanding spiritual exercises we can practice.

This really spoke to me as I read it this evening. Do I look at the big and small with its good and bad--joy and sorrow and embrace this life as it has been given? I hope that you are challenged and encouraged to drink the cup and as Hebrews 12 says of Jesus "for the JOY set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the Father."

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