For the next little bit, I'll be responding to questions my friend, M. asked me a week or so ago.
Well, M. Jump right to it. What are my thoughts on God? Well. To start, I would say that I have no idea who God is. For all the thinking and writing and researching and reading and praying and experiencing I've done (which is a lot and not all that much at the same time), I would have to say that I have no idea who God is.
But this doesn't mean that I don't have any thoughts on God. I do have some of those. Lot's really. Here are two.
(+) I think God is far beyond anything we can assign God to be. God isn't just not a male nor a female, but has the ability to be both and beyond gender at the same time. The same applies for all other ways that we label and chain God.
(+) I believe in a God of second chances and third chances and 9th chances and 47th chances. And, as Kierkegaard would say, This awakens my deepest sense of wonder and joy and is a great source of relief.
But, for some reason, I can't seem to find the words to express exactly what I think (mainly because that changes fairly regularly). So, here are some quotes that I find particularly meaningful in the way I think about God:
"For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought." - Abu-Yazid al-Bistami
"I had a thousand questions to ask God; but when I met him they all fled and didn't seem to matter." -Christopher Morley
"There is a sign of God on every leaf that nobody else sees in the garden." -Thomas Merton
"Sometimes--there's God--so quickly!" -Tennessee Williams
"I am often closer to God doing the dirty dishes than when listening to Bach or Mozart." -Henry Miller
"It is safe to assume that we've created God in our own image when God hates all the people we hate."--Anne Lamott
Of course, none of these are adequate. But, then, who could sum up God beyond all things in a phrase or a sentence? At the end of the day, I know nothing for sure, except that it's by God's grace that I can say that...