God is…

I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.' 
Exodus 3

 Photo: Tim de Groot, unsplash.com

Photo: Tim de Groot, unsplash.com

Mystery, presence and a person

Here is a definition of the Almighty given to Melvyn Bragg by Rowan Williams in an interview.  It is recounted by Rupert Shortt in Rowan's Rule, a biography.  It's been like a distant thunderclap to me for some years, in the background but also somehow a close vibration.  It bears, I think, some slow and open reading...

"God is first and foremost that depth around all things and beyond all things into which, when I pray, I try to sink.  But God is also the activity that comes to me out of that depth, tells me I'm loved, that opens up a future for me, that offers transformations I can't imagine.  Very much a mystery but also very much a presence. Very much a person.  "