Background to my interest in teaching children with autism

How Shall We View God, continued

Then there is Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection (a 16th Century monk who was responsible for the little tract “The Practice of the Presence of God”) who tried to live his life as if he were actually in the presence of God, except that “as if he were” doesn’t entirely capture it because, if we believe that God is omnipresent, he was in fact in the presence of God, as we all are every minute of our existence – which, of course, was entirely in keeping with “the ancient Jewish worldview, God is not somewhere else.  God is right here.  It is God’s world and God made it and God owns it and God is present everywhere in it.” (Velvet Elvis, p. 77).  He is the “Master of the Universe.”

Except that “Master of the Universe” may actually be too limiting:  John Spong credits one of his former seminary students, Kathrin “Katie” Ford, with the observation that “God is not a person. God is not a being. God is Being itself. …  Being itself, is not the father of life. This God is life.” — to which he added that “…we human beings cannot know God; we can only experience God.”  And that experience of God is limited by our humanity.  As the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the saints at Corinth, we “see through a glass darkly.”  God is not revealed to us in His entirety but is always at least partly a mystery.  

Steve Veazey has suggested that we immerse ourselves in God.  Elaborating on that in an interview with Linda Booth, he said “To be immersed in God is to participate regularly, daily, several times a day in proven spiritual practices that cause us to abide more and more deeply in God’s love and God’s Spirit.  When we are immersed that means fully enveloped by that love and that Spirit.  Our discipleship becomes a joy.  It becomes an overflow of that experience.”

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