God has a thirst, a longing for His creation. (S)He) keeps on inviting people into silence, into fellowship. Throughout Scriptures this longing of God is echoed. God not only invites, (S)He) comes to meet us where we are.

The most surprising of this is that God does not come to meet only the gifted, the rich, the talented, the spiritual or even the holy, (S)He) comes to meet everyone, the poor, the destitute, the lonely, the marginalized and even the unholy. God meets everyone where they are without question, without reserve or judgement.

This is the backdrop, the matrix in which Creation exists. The inviting God does not only form the matrix, but is at the same time the energy that flows through Creation, that sustains and directs it.

It is with the knowledge of an inviting God, whose energy flows through Creation that we turn to the pinnacle of creation, (wo)mankind. It seems that the reality of (wo)mankind stands in stark contrast to God. We are known by disharmony rather than harmony, injustice rather than justice, self-serving rather than community-serving and exclusive rather than inclusive.

Traditionally this relationality between God and (wo)mankind is formulated in the doctrine of sin. This doctrine is unfortunately not trendy anymore and modern people don’t think of themselves in these terms. A popular argument against the doctrine is, what seems to be, the archaic cultural context of the patriarchal sin texts of the Bible.

We might not like the terms sin and guilty, but before we do not allow God to reform us, we still need terms to describe the relationality between the essence of our behaviour and the all inviting God. Till we live in harmony with others, with all of Creation; till we seek justice and inclusion and till we value the other as much as the self; it is denial to think of ourselves as pure God’s image.

We can do worse than to rest in the invitation, in the presence of God and allow it to flow through us to others. It is in the acknowledgement of our own limitations and the humbleness that leads from this, that we venture to say something to God, to say something about God; always with hesitation.

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