Patricia Hofer

The “inner chamber” of our individuality that “only God can enter.”

Drawing from Revelation (2:17), George MacDonald describes the individual relationship we each have with God. He writes:“Not only then has each man his individual relation to God, but each man has his peculiar relation to God. He is to God a peculiar being, made after his own fashion, and that of no one else; for when he is perfected he shall receive the new name which no one else can understand. …This or that man may understand God more, may understand God better than he, but no other man can understand God as he understands him. …As the fir tree lifts up itself with a far different need from the palm-tree, so does each man stand before God, and lift up a different humanity to the common Father. And for each God has a different response. With every man he has a secret–the secret of the new name. In every man there is a loneliness, an inner chamber of peculiar life into which God only can enter.” (George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, “The New Name”) [as a 19th century writer, he uses “man” as a generic for humankind]

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