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What I know about God

Cemetery in Monmarte, Paris, France.  All photos by Evan Schneider.
Cemetery in Monmarte, Paris, France. All photos by Evan Schneider.

It is written that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8), and that “I, the Lord, do not change” (Malachi 3:6).  

Though we often feel as though it is so difficult to know anything definitive about God, it is we who are washed about like waves upon the shore, and God who remains, faithfully, the same.  It’s amazing that this journey of faith with God, this process of discovery, is one in which God remains fixed, stable, and still, as we sputter about, grasping for a glimpse.  We become dizzy with our movements, forgetting that we not only grasp for God, but God is ever grasping after us.

In Micah 6: 3, a perplexed God cries out to the people, “O, my people, what have I done to you?  In what have I wearied you?  Answer me!”  This verse and those that come after it remind me that we have such a gift in our God, because this is a God who desires a relationship, above all else, with a bunch of sinners, and that we need only accept the invitation to, “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

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Saint Chapelle. Paris, France.

My friend and colleague, Erin Lane, recently published an article on Q about knowing God, a post in which she tackles the problems with gender exclusive language, and writing that, “God is more than, higher than, fuller than our human thoughts and ways of gender. I’ve come to believe that we worship a gender-full God.”

Erin’s idea of a “gender-full God” blew my mind.  

Sure, I believe in the importance of inclusive language, but I felt as though I learned something radically new about God as I read through her journey toward knowing God more fully.  As I reflect on her journey and my own, I realize how important it is for us to share with one another what we know to be true about God.

The view from Sacre Couer, Paris, France.
The view from Sacre Couer, Paris, France.

Maybe God isn’t changing, but as we learn more about God, as we grow nearer to God, we certainly are–we are becoming more aware of how God can be so fabulously constant and so wonderfully unpredictable.  We become more aware of how God loves us, and how that love can be both constant and radical.  And we find that while we may spin in circles, these circles can take us toward deeper and more profound intimacy in the greatest relationship of all time.

As I’ve reflected on who God is these past few years on the blog, here are a couple things I know to be true:

1.  Our God is a God of possibility.

2.  God is the God of all of us.

3.  Our God is sturdy.

4.  God is the God of abundance.

5.  God sometimes works behind the scenes.

6.  God laughs.

7.  God dreams.

8.  God is good.

9.  God is the God of challenges.

10.  God lives both inside of us and outside the walls of the Church.

What do you know about God?  Who is God to you?

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