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Richard's Daily Meditations

La Yole (detail), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1875 

INTIMACY

Which comes first? Does feeling safe and held by God allow you to deal with others in the same way? Or does human tenderness allow you to imagine that God must be the same, but infinitely so? I do not suppose it really matters where you start; the important thing is that you get in on the big secret from one side or the other.

The big and hidden secret is this: an infinite God seeks and desires intimacy with the human soul. Once you experience such intimacy, only the intimate language of lovers describes what is going on for you: mystery, tenderness, singularity, specialness, changing the rules “for me,” nakedness, risk, ecstasy, incessant longing, and, of course also suffering. This is the mystical vocabulary of the saints.

Excerpted from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self, pp. 164-165

Prayer:
Loving God, allow me to experience intimacy with you.