Henri Nouwen is a well-known spiritual writer. Some say he never had an unpublished thought because he would tell us about everything that was going on in his life! One of his first books was called, “With Open Hands,” and He had this image that we should approach God with open hands, so that we would accept whatever He would put into our lives, or that He could take out whatever He wanted from our lives.
Maybe that’s what Jesus is getting at in the Gospel of John when He says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Don’t let your hearts be afraid.” Maybe if we can approach God with ultimate trust, that whatever He gives us or whatever He takes from us will be ok.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”