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coincidence of oppositions of feeling. Of course, the
one pole—suppressed by the person's basic religious
attitude—often disappears from the reflective conscious-
ness, and can only be recalled in the purest and most
ingenuous consideration of the depths of the being.
Yes; in pure relation you have felt yourself to be
simply dependent, as you are able to feel in no other
relation—and simply free, too, as in no other time or
place: you have felt yourself to be both creaturely and
creative. You had the one feeling then no longer
HJTTntp.fl by the other, but you had both of them limit-
lessly and together.
You know always in your heart that you need God
more than everything; but do you not know too that
God needs you—in the fulness of His eternity needs
you ? How would man be, how would you be, if God
did not need him, did not need you ?. You need God,
in order to be—and God needs you, for the very mean-
ing of your life. In instruction and in poems men
are at pains to say mote, and they say too much—
what turgid and presumptuous talk that is about the
" God who becomes " ; but we know unshakably in
our hearts that there is a becoming of the God that is.
The world is not divine sport, it is divine destiny.
There is divine meaning in the life of the world, of man,
of human persons, of you and of me.
Creation happens to us, burns itself into us, recasts
us in burning—we tremble and are faint, we submit,
We take part in creation, meet the Creator, reach
out to Him, helpers and companions.
Two great servants pace through the ages, prayer and
sacrifice. The man who prays pours himself out in