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  • Writer's pictureDr. Anthony Lilles

Those Deep Places to which We are Called

There are deep places in the heart. A vast and unexplored wilderness awaits us there, deep within our innermost being where neither thought nor feeling can penetrate. The greater portion of the limitless frontiers the Creator has fashioned in the depths of the soul have yet to be glimpsed by humanity. Those who desire God and dedicate themselves to seeking Him discover the deepest truth about their own existence. They have the key that unlocks these hidden depths. Desire alone takes us to this deepest center of our humanity, desire stepping out in faith, urged on by love. This is because the Trinity dwells in this deepest center. The Bridegroom dwells waiting for us in our innermost being, longing for us to seek Him, yearning to disclose Himself in irrevocable friendship. This marks the greatness of our humanity, the fact that our Deliverer waits on us, believes in the goodness with which He fashioned us, and hopes in us unto death. He who is love would not have it any other way. The immensity of His tender presence is why it is His love and not our failures that define our lives. Those who long for silence have been smitten by the Lord. They hear divine whispers calling them to the profound depths of human existence and they simply cannot deny the One who longs for them any longer. These beautiful souls gladly fulfill their obligations and duties given them by the bonds of friendship and justice, but they do so longing for a few minutes to devote themselves to seeking their Divine Friend with the whole effort of their soul. They delight in spending time searching for Him within, in the deep places where He dwells. Difficult though it might become, their devotion is never tiresome to them. This is because when exercised even for just a few quickly passing moments, their devotion unleashed is intensely vulnerable to pure and delicate living flames that do not destroy but catch everything up into beauty.

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