“For what we need to know, of course, is not just that God exists, not just that beyond the steely brightness of the stars there is a cosmic intelligence of some kind that keeps the whole show going, but that there is a God right here in the thick of our day-by-day lives who may not be writing messages about himself in the stars but in one way or another is trying to get messages through our blindness as we move around down here, knee-deep in the fragrant muck and misery and marvel of the world.  It is not objective proof of God’s existence that we want, but the experience of God’s presence.  That is the miracle we are really after, and that is also, I think, the miracle that we really get.”

–Frederick Buechner, The Magnificent Defeat

4 responses »

  1. Read this last night but couldn’t devote the time I wanted to. Read it again this morning out loud and cried the whole way through.

    Thanks for this.


  2. I know! I read this the other day and it just hit me like a fist to the chest and opened up a whole world of craving and recognition. His presence…the real miracle of life in Christ. Isn’t our God wonderful?

  3. What a fantastic quote!! And YES, that is exactly what we crave (and exactly what we get, I believe, when we learn how to look and listen!)

    God is Great!!

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