“It strikes me anew every time I read the line about being chosen by God before time. Because much of the Christian thought that seems to dominate these days, that we see even in commercials on TV, starts from the other direction—it emphasizes that our relationship with God starts with our personal decision.”
“You might tell me that this vision is idealistic. It glosses over the petty side of church life. For instance, there are always going to be competitions and struggles. People will always seek power. They’ll have precious rituals or items that they feel they absolutely must protect.”
“Perhaps most of all, and I’ve been pondering this as well, God lives in the narrow space between you and me, even more so than abstractly within any one of us. I cannot, after all, contain God, nor is that what it means when I say, God lives, right here. That God lives here, and no place else.”
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