“Finally I am knowing in my depths that God is for me and with me and in me. …This is the most important kind of knowing in the human experience, and it comes only as we are quiet enough to let the faithful presence of God holds us in our brokenness until our brokenness is healed by love.
This self is smaller, in one sense, than the ego identity, because it does not need to be big in order to prove itself to the world.
This self is truer, because it does not rely on image management to find acceptance in the world.
This self is softer, because it does not rely on hardened defense structures to keep itself safe in the world.
This self is freer, because it knows itself to be finally and ultimately held safely in a Love that is unchangeable and real.
This Love does not lose track of us no matter what dark places we must walk into. It is a Love deeper than any abyss that we might fall into. It is a Love with the power to heal any brokenness we might encounter.”
Ruth Haley Barton in “Invitation to Silence ”