“I can imagine Jesus befriending my grandfather, too, frying up some breakfast for him, talking things over with him, and in fact the old man did report several experiences of just that kind. I can’t say the same for myself. I doubt I’d ever have had the strength for it. This is something that has come to my mind from time to time over the years, and I don’t really know what to make of it.” – John Ames, Gilead
During a visit from a couple women in my ward last week, we were chatting over New Year’s goals when one of them mentioned her goal to improve her relationship with God. I knew what she meant, but still I puzzled over it afterwards. What does a relationship with God feel like or look like? I assume the end goal is a kind of confident sense of connection, communication, and intimacy with a divine father.
But how do you do that if you’ve never really had a recognizable encounter with God? I don’t mean a dark night of the soul—but a continual “disenchanted” state, as Rosalynde Welch described in her address. [Read more...]