God’s street number

A visitor knocks on God’s door.

‘Who’s there?’ asks God.

‘It’s me,’ says the visitor.

‘Go away,’ says God. ‘There’s no room in here for two.’

So they go away and wander around feeling disconsolate, angry and abandoned, until they realise their error.

Returning to God’s door, they knock again.

‘Who’s there?’ asks God.

‘You,’ says the visitor.

‘Come in!’ says God. ‘Tea?’

This is a Sufi story but one echoed in the Christian tradition. It was Meister Eckhart who claimed ‘God is nearer to me than I am to myself.’

While Julian of Norwich records God saying to her, ‘Between you and me there is no in between.’

Here is comfort, energy…and strange challenge. 

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