In my prayer, I sometimes come upon what others have said about God. Often their words enrich and expand my own experience of the Divine. In my collection of quotations, I have scores of quotes filed under the single word “God.” Here are twenty of those quotes for your own prayerful pondering today. I thought this might be a good meditation for the beginning of Lent
1. Three speeches of God: Creation, Scripture, Incarnation. Hans Urs Von Balthasar
2. How did we ever get the idea that God… is merely a rescuer and not a midwife? Sue Monk Kidd
3. Thomas Merton’s experience of God: “Mercy within mercy within mercy.”
4. There are two things God endlessly communicates to us: “I am with you”… And “the way I am with you is love.” Pat Livingston
6. Once when I was preparing to spend a period of time in a hermitage…I asked my God if I could come and stay with Him for a while. She said: “Yes, but don’t bring your God with you.” Edwina Gately
7. It is easier for us to say what God is not, then what God is. St. Augustine
8. God is bread when you’re hungry, water when you’re thirsty, a harbor from the storm. God’s a father to the fatherless, a mother to the motherless. God’s my sister, my brother, my leader, my guide, my teacher, my comforter, my friend… God’s my all in all, my everything. Sister Thea Bowman
9. With God, go over the sea; without God, not over the threshold. Proverb
10. God is life, not a vending machine. Joan Chittister, OSB
11. God comes to us disguised as our own life. Paula D’Arcy
12. My faith convinces me that we must have some chaos in the soul in order to dance with a dancing God. Tim Unsworth
13. God is sheer, exuberant, relational aliveness…inexhaustible source of new being… ground of hope for the whole created universe. Elizabeth Johnson
14. We have to live virtually the whole of our lives in the presence of an invisible and mute God. But that was never a bar to anyone seeking to come into contact with God. That is what prayer is. R.S. Thomas
16. God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding, thus giving himself away. Meister Eckhart
17. Is your love of God secure enough that you can rage against Him? Anthony DeMello, SJ
18. Every authentic religious epiphany or encounter, every true experience of God in whatever form, makes a person less insular, less complacent, and less isolated—and more restless, more inspired, more engaged with the world and humanity. Fr. Anthony Gittins
19. Some souls are so full of pious furniture and ornaments that there is no room for God… They need to pull down the curtains, get rid of the knickknacks, and throw their premises open to the great simplicity of God. Evelyn Underhill
20. Of all that God has shown me, I can speak just the smallest word, not more than a honey bee takes on her foot from an overspilling jar. Mechtild of Magdeburg
Did any of these quotes make you say, “I really like that one!” Or “I really agree with that one!” If so, which?
Did any of the quotes make you say, “I disagree!” or “What does that mean?” If so, which?
Do you have a quotation about God that you would like to share with us today? If so, please do so below.
I chose a traditional song for today, “How Great Thou Art.” This hymn was written in 1885 in Sweden. It’s based on a Swedish poem set to a traditional Swedish melody. The hymn was then translated into Russian and German. Eventually it made its way around the world. This version is sung in English by Chris Rice.
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