Some Lenten Musings about God & Prayer, Part 3 of 4

The belief of the fundamental relationship between God and us, in turn, for me, implies, almost necessarily reveals our human diversity. For whether one prays and, if so, how one prays and, more importantly, how one approaches the matter of prayer has everything to do, I think, with how one views one’s self as human, how one views God, and how one views the relationship between one’s self and God. And sundry are the approaches, our individual approaches to these issues.

I confess that sometimes I wrestle with the what and the who of God. Is God an objectifiably distinct entity, deity? I believe so. Nevertheless, as my human powers of perception always are limited and flawed,[1] then how much of my idea of God is the product of my imperfect imagining? Surely inescapably, at least, some of it!

This said, I am a good deal clearer about the where and the when of God. Wherever and whenever I behold in the world around us, in others, and in myself love (unconditional kindness) and justice (impartial fairness), there I behold God’s presence.

More to come…

© 2021 PRA

[1] More to this point, given my inherent human limitations of observation and opinion, what I consider to be reality and truth always must be couched in the lower case; thus, falling short, far short of all Reality and all Truth.

4 thoughts on “Some Lenten Musings about God & Prayer, Part 3 of 4

  1. My soul says “Amen” to just about everything you say in this post, Paul, but in particular, the final paragraph. Wherever on our earth and in human relationships love and justice manifest, I believe God is certainly there.

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  2. Karen, ’twas a wise soul who, years ago, made this observation regarding “the where” and “the when” of God, which, upon instant and ongoing reflection, I have taken to heart and have come to believe.

    Moreover, as I (can) conceive (and, thus, perceive) of the incidences or appearances (the theophanies or epiphanies) of God), then I am less likely to engage or to indulge in what, I find, oft are meandering and meaningless disputations with others who are willing and able to trumpet triumphally their (in their view) incontestable beliefs about “the who” and “the what” of God.

    Love

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  3. Paul,

    I’ve always been so confused about who God is!! As a kid I was upset when I couldn’t “see” him. I told Mom once that I thought God was Santa Clause cause he did nice stuff for kids!! Mom told me I could see God in people who loves others…. so I’ve been looking for God in people ever since. Turns out that was pretty good advice from her!!

    Much love!

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    1. Doris, in her counsel to you, was…is, simply, profoundly insightfully brilliant!

      Love

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