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OMG. . .Expressed? Experienced?

All-wise. All-powerful. All-loving. All-knowing. We bore to death both God and ourselves with our chatter. God cannot be expressed, only experienced.


Frederick Buechner   Beyond Words



Hmm – what do you think?  Too many words?  Too much relying on Divine encounters?  All one or the other?


OMG. . .In So Many Ways. . .what helps you believe?


Doctrines.  Prayers.  Creeds. Hymns?  Familiar and comforting.  Perhaps those are the pathways to knowing God.  But what if we only recognize God through our experiences – a hike in the mountains.  Sitting on the ocean shore.  Time with a dear friend.  A walk with our dog on a beautiful spring morning.


Which is it?  Buechner says words can’t describe God.  Only our experiences.    Does it have to be one or the other?  As Richard Rohr says, can’t it be both/and?


OMG. . .In So Many Ways. . .either/or. . . .both/and


Maybe it’s not so much the words that bore God and ourselves.  Maybe it’s the chatter.  Never quieting our minds, our hearts, to listen for Him speaking.  Chatter isn’t just in rote recitation of creeds.  Head chatter pops up anytime.  Anywhere. 


OMG. . .In So Many Ways. . .can we stop the chatter?


OMG. . .In So many Ways. . .can we listen?  If only for a little while? 


Expressed.  Be still and know that I am God. 
Experienced.  Be still and know that I am God.


OMG. . .In So Many Ways!


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Ann Marie Gallagher
Ann Marie Gallagher
Jun 26
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Be Still and Know that I am my sisters favorite line in the Bible. Mary especially loves it and Fifi too...they both have it written on a board in their house. It is universal to us all. Once again...great message!


Jun 25

I believe it is a both/and. I experience God in nature, in interactions with a friend/family member,

in music, in a strangers eyes, in my cats eyes, in a young child and sometimes in church. I believe God wants to hear everything we have to say. I can only listen for God when I calm myself, quiet the chatter in mind and be still.

Be Still and Know I AM GOD

carol wawrychuk
Jun 25
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Thank you for this response because it encapsulates what I hoped my words would reflect. And to add - I believe God wants us to hear Him in the very best way we can, that is why we are given so many options!

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