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From the Front Porch: The Ever-Present, Obscure God

October 17, 2011 1 comment

100th day of birth of Martin Buber (1878—1965)

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I wonder why we like to think of God as obscure, hidden from view. Perhaps it’s our finite minds that make it difficult for us to grasp the mystery of God’s presence in the universe.

But what if we could think differently? Indeed, what if we could actually wrap our minds around the idea that in every relationship, we reflect our relationship with God? What that means, of course, is that the very presence of God — His eternal essence — is in us.

Thre great philosopher and Bible scholar, Martin Buber put it this way in his famous book, “I and Thou“:

“in every sphere in its own way, through each process of becoming that is present to us, we look out toward the fringe of the eternal Thou; in each we are aware of an eternal breath from the eternal Thou; in each we address the eternal Thou” (26).

What this means is that in every relationship, our words and actions reflect the presence of God in us, reaching out to others through us and touching, healing and transforming us in the process. How close is that!

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