Thursday, February 19, 2009

783. Approach

"Images and names of God enable us to approach the divine, but they can't quite get us there. They keep us at a safe distance."
--Daniel Matt, Kaballah scholar

from the excellent memoir Surprised by God by Danya Ruttenberg, which I'm in the middle of reading. This line in particular jumped out after what I posted yesterday and that whole question of how to talk about God, a concept beyond words. The flavor of her doubt is different than mine, but the overall effect is similar--a dance of retreating and approaching until you reach a place you suspected was always present. And then, once you arrive, figuring out what to do there.

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