Presence and Absence

… because a personal reality is not a philosophical solution to a philosophical problem (how can God be God and yet be so hidden?), but a person to be trusted. Since Jesus is the personal embodiment of God’s presence made real within the world and at the same time the embodiment of our experience of God’s seeming absence within the world, then it is through Him–and only Him–that we are able to begin to understand God’s ways in the world and with us.

— Bryan R Gregory, Inconspicuous Providence: The Gospel According to Esther, 18-19.

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