“That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.” Albert Einstein
Dad’s discussion yesterday about the importance and power of presence brought to mind a quote that I copied down from a biography of Einstein I read a while back. What a remarkable man, possibly the greatest single mind of a century and a firm believer in the existence of God.
A couple of days ago Jake and Will asked me out of the blue , “Can God die?” I was taken aback at first then responded in the usual parental way, “of course not.” Both boys seemed satisfied with the answer but the question has stuck with me for me since then. “Can God die?”
Maybe the better question is, if we cease to believe in him, is he still there? I am not ashamed to admit there have been many times in my life when I questioned the existence of God, times when I doubted. But I also believe now that I never lost God. It was in the times of the worst distress that his presence was the greatest, even though I may not have know it at the time.
So I am in agreement with Dad, that I choose to focus on the presence rather than the loss. And I am confident that when it comes to God, not only can God never die, but it is the times when I think he is lost, that his presence is with me the most.