Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

The Absent God…

“In my heart there no faith – no love – no trust – there is so much pain – the pain of longing – the pain of not being wanted. I want God with all the powers of my soul – and yet there between us – there is terrible separation.”

Mother Teresa

Though Mother Teresa longed for joy in her faith, she knew that her feelings were not the point. Perhaps in an age of prosperity preaching and happy-clappy worship, in which faith is so often equated with feeling, Mother Teresa’s example brings us the word we need.

(Christian Century)

4 responses to “The Absent God…

  1. hughstan October 2, 2007 at 5:18 am

    You may be longing for something that isn’t there, an idealised concept of what you think should be there. I don’t know. I am not you.

    Longing is perfectly natural, so why not relax and long for whatever of love is there, in whatever form, without pre-conceived ideas.

    The result is likely to be surprising.

  2. citrus October 2, 2007 at 6:08 am

    Thanks, Hughstan. I think I failed to communicate here. I was looking at Mother Teresa’s dark night of the soul. The point is that her wonderful life, full of paradox, grants us permission to be something less than the success and happiness emphases of so much of contemporary Christianity.

  3. suburbanlife October 2, 2007 at 7:26 am

    “Those dark nights of the soul” are such a fact of life for those who seek to embrace God, that to express their presence in one’s life is such an honest act. You are right, MT saying this gives permission to give vent to such sadness and uncertainty, because that is a real flip side to joy and conviction. MT kept persevering on her path to find God, and is a great model for those of us who find the going rough. G

  4. Maximus December 19, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    I would like to see a continuation of the topic

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