To return to God means to return to God with all that I am and all that I have. I cannot return to God with just half of my being . . . I realize that God’s love is a jealous love. God wants not just part of me, but all of me. Only when I surrender myself completely to God’s parental love can I expect to be free from endless distractions, ready to hear the voice of Love, and able to recognize my own unique call. It is going to be a very long road. Every time I pray, I feel the struggle. It is the struggle of letting God be the God of my whole being. It is the struggle to trust that true freedom lies hidden in total surrender to God’s love.
– Henri Nouwen