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Does Church Help Me?

Unit: Exploring Christianity
Category: Meeting with Jesus

Prayer is the most basic and the most powerful way that we experience God. Prayer is our attempt to reach up to God. Grace is God’s hand reaching down to us. And somewhere in there, a connection is made and we experience God. Martin Buber was a Jewish philosopher and author. He wrote a book called I and Thou in which he examined the relationship between people and things, and then by extension, he looked at the relationship between humanity and the Divine. The Divine, he explained, was always out of our reach. We cannot explain the Divine. We cannot fully know the Divine. We simply reach up, struggling, opening ourselves up, not understanding, yet yearning to connect. This, he said, was prayer. I have never found a more satisfying explanation of prayer anywhere.

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