This quote from a sermon by Frederick Buechner brought to mind a few questions:
- How can we know God through missing Him?
- In what ways does God speak through His absence?
- How can we awaken people to realize that they what they are missing is God?
Look forward to hearing your thoughts…
Part of the inner world of everyone is this sense of emptiness, unease, incompleteness, and I believe that this in itself is a word from God, that this is the sound that God’s voice makes in a world that has explained him away. In such a world, I suspect that maybe God speaks to us most clearly through his silence, his absence, so that we know him best through our missing him.
It is not objective proof of God’s existence that we want but, whether we use religious language for it or not, the experience of God’s presence. That is the miracle that we are really after. And that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get.