William Tyndale, 2016
The first thing to say about God is that God wishes to be known. God has not kept himself a secret from his creation. We would know nothing of God had God not shared himself with us. We are created with the capacity to know God, and God makes himself known to us. How God makes himself known to us is revelation.
Saint Paul writes in the Epistle to the Romans, “Ever since the creation of the world his [God’s] eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made” (1:20). Accordingly, a major type of Christian spirituality seeks to find God in all things. We may assume that God is present in every place, at all times, in every situation, and in all people.
Made in the image of God, we are able to perceive God through that image planted in us. We are able to perceive God through God’s creation. And we are able to hear and to talk with God. Hearing and talking with God constitute our spiritual life, a singular blessing ours to cultivate for the glory of God and for our prosperity. And so, we glorify God and become more fully ourselves as our spiritual lives grow. These things are true of all Christianity, and consequently they are true of the Anglican Communion including the Episcopal Church.
© 2016 Howard Stringfellow III