Sunday Meditations: Panentheism

The day of my spiritual awakening was the day I saw and knew I saw all things in God and God in all things.

–Mechtild of Magdeburg

God is the ground of all being but is not a being.  God is the force that causes all things to exist but God does not exist.  To be clear, God is in all things and somehow all things are in God, but God transcends and is more than all things.

–Paul Tillich on the subject of Panentheism in Systematic Theology

The Goddess has infinite aspects and thousands of names—She is the reality behind many metaphors. She is reality, the manifest deity, omnipresent in all of life, in each of us. The Goddess is not separate from the world—she is the world, and all things in it: moon, earth, star, stone, seed, flowing river, wind, wave, leaf and branch, bud and blossom, fang and claw, woman and man.

–Starhawk in Dreaming the Dark

For from God and through God and to God are all things. To God be the glory forever. Amen.

–The Apostle Paul, Romans 11:36

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