Patricia Hofer

Opening our lives to God’s “glory and grandeur”

I wonder what I would be If God did not live in me. Would I dream? Would I wonder? Would I even hope to own A soul through eternity? (“More than what we seem” ©️ 2009)
After describing the size and magnificence of the night sky, the psalmist asks the Creator: “What are human beings that you think about them; what are human beings that you pay attention to them?” (CEB Ps. 8:4). I love it that such questions were asked thousands of years ago. They indicate that we humans have always introspected about who we are and why we are and what we are. … When God breathed His divine inspiration, his “breath of life,” into each living soul, He made our lives more than just physical existence, more than just an endless stream of sensations. … He inspired us with the higher capacities of insight and wondering and worshipping. Without these higher realms of consciousness, we wouldn’t be able to know God. And He wants us to know Him. He created us to know Him. … For me, the psalmist is determining that as well when he says that God has made human beings “only slightly less than divine, crowning them with glory and grandeur” (8:5). … Opening our lives just a little to this inheritance, this “glory and grandeur,” frees us and fills our soul with light. (Living Calm, chapter 34. ©️ 2016)

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