we believe in God, then there's no reason in the world not
to believe that we can have a relationship with God.
Directly, not through anyone or anything else. After
all, if God is omniscient and omnipresent as most seem to
believe, then he's right here right now, wherever you may
be at this moment. And just because he happens to be
God doesn't mean that he's not interested in a
relationship with you. After all, if you were God,
wouldn't you want to have direct contact with the people
or beings that you created? I know I would.
I want to develop a friendship with someone I know, it
takes effort. It takes making decisions that make a
friendship one of my highest priorities. If I want
to develop a strong relationship with my spouse or
children or brother, I must work at it. I simply can't
do so by neglecting my connections with the person.
My relationships may not get worse if I make little
effort, but they surely will not improve.
the same with God. We're taught somehow that if we
want to reach God, we must go through others--priests or
pastors or rabbis--but that
simply makes no sense. If God is all-powerful and
all-loving, then he needs no intermediaries. You can
talk to God just as well as any saint or religious leader
can; all you need is the faith to do so and the
willingness to make the effort.
does sound risky. What if God doesn't answer?
If that happens, then I might be less desirable in God's
eyes than other people. But God is more faithful
than we can even imagine, and he won't leave us
hanging--we just have to learn how to listen to the
messages that he gives us. And it is worth it to
build this relationship, for getting tapped in to
unconditional love in this way helps us to learn to love
the others in our lives much more strongly and much more