As we begin this new week, I share another writing by John O’Donohue. This is an excerpt from the book, Eternal Echoes.
He writes about the gift of encouragement. There are times we feel incredibly depleted and are in great need of encouragement. I first read the passage below during such a time in my own life. There are cheerleaders in our midst whose energy can come across in an almost condescending way. O’Donohue’s words are not like that. Rather, I find them real. He knows discouragement, therefore his thoughts on encouragement have a very authentic voice. We hope they will touch you as you begin this day.
“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own. There are times of great uncertainty in every life. Left alone at such a time, you feel dishevelment and confusion like gravity. When a friend comes with words of encouragement, a light and lightness visit you and you begin to find the stairs and the door out of the dark. The sense of encouragement you feel from the friend is not simply her words or gestures; it is rather her whole presence enfolding you and helping you find the concealed door. The encouraging presence manages to understand you and put herself in your shoes. There is no judgment but words of relief and release.” – John O’Donohue
On behalf of all of us, thank you, encouragers, for how you break through in our lives. You know who you are, and we are grateful.