“… intimacy is a sacred experience … intimacy is of the soul …

John O’Donahue, in Anan Cara

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We seek intimacy, the opportunity to be known fully, to be accepted completely – faults and all, errors and mistakes notwithstanding – to be received by another, taken in, housed gently and generously by another.

The desire for intimacy is primal, buried deep within – of the soul, of the indissoluble soul.

But who among us sees that intimacy starts with God, and His intentional creation of each of us?  If we knew this, would we not have God as the center of our existence – the Starting Point?  If we knew this would we ever feel alone? Rejected?  Shunned?  Injured by another? Would we ever seek another as if there was no God?

So, yes, intimacy rests on belief, belief in God – this primary relationship which precedes any other.

When cultures turn away from God, they make intimacy less possible and evil, and loneliness, and despair more possible.

When cultures turn away from God – ignorance and indifference flourish, hostility to religion and neighbors grows.

When cultures tout affluence and possessions, status and title, and power – acquisition of these things displace intimacy and starve the soul.

Once man is acculturated to the ways of cultures that distance themselves from God, then man himself, ashamed of his ways, hides from The Intimate One. Yes, intimacy – that which we long for – is made less likely.

Let those who believe witness to others, so intimacy might be found in the God who makes us all … and then in others, and all things.

Shalom.

Let us offer prayers today for the people of Japan and Ecuador who have suffered serious earthquakes.  We are the custodians of our own soul and the souls of one another.

      

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