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The Closer We Are To God… Thoughts for a Thursday

I’ve been blogging for 4 years now, in one fashion or another; over the years God has introduced me to many fine faith bloggers, of various denominations and religions. One of those bloggers is a woman named Jan Hilton from Corpus Christi, TX. Her blog is called Yearning for God – what a  beautiful name for a blog!

Currently, Jan is in Russia with a group of Methodist missionaries; I hope that you will join me in keeping Jan and her group in prayer. Ever the faithful blogger, she is posting away, even from afar and today I discovered this gem on her page, which I share with you all today.

Today I remembered this circle when thinking of community. Dorotheus of Gaza, a desert Abba in the 6th century, drew a circle in the sand with lines drawn to meet in the center. The lines represent our spiritual journeys: the closer we come to God, the closer we are to each other. Plus, I think we then may realize that all was in God from the very beginning.

Dorotheus wrote:
“Imagine that the world is a circle, that God is the center, and that the radii are the different ways human beings live. When those who wish to come closer to God walk towards the center of the circle, they come closer to one another at the same time as to God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another. And the closer they come to one another, the closer they come to God.” (Instructions VI.)

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you for pointing us to this blog, Fran!

    I remember hearing this saying, reading it, and thinking about it and discovering in my own life how true this is.
    Basically, Godde is helping me get out of my comfort zone… The closer to Godde I get, the safer it is to get close to others, something which was not that obvious in the beginning 🙂

  2. 1 — An Episcopalian who reads Dorotheus of Gaza…cool !!

    2 — After pondering the illustration for a few minutes, here’s what came to mind: I wonder if D/G went on to explain how, the closer we get (to either God or others), the more self-giving (self-emptying) is required on our part, which, in addition to our efforts, requires much grace.

    Thanks for sharing! I enjoy your blogs!

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