Friday, August 17, 2012

experiencing God in our lives

I have been asked why I believe in God, and what my personal experience of God is like.  While it may be hard to understand for some, my experience of God is not limited to those things for which I have no other explanation: God is the explanation for all things, encompassing every part of my life - if only I had the eyes to see it.

Frederick Buechner puts it so beautifully that I must share it with you, though it is a longish passage:
The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God's things because, of course, they are both at once.  There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak -- even the walk from the house to the garage that you have walked ten thousand times before, even the moments when you cannot believe there is a God who speaks at all anywhere.  He speaks, I believe, and the words he speaks are incarnate in the flesh and blood of our selves and of our own footsore and sacred journeys.  We cannot live our lives constantly looking back, listening back, lest we be turned to pillars of longing and regret, but to live without listening at all is to live deaf to the fulness of the music. Sometimes we avoid listening for fear of what we may hear, sometimes for fear that we may hear nothing at all but the empty rattle of our own feet on the pavement.  But be not affeared, says Caliban, nor is he the only one to say it.  "Be not afraid," says another, "for lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."  He says he is with us on our journeys.  He says he has been with us since each of our journeys began.  Listen for him.  Listen to the sweet and bitter airs of your present and your past for the sound of him.  (from The Sacred Journey)
Poetic and wise.  Does it resonate with you, too?

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