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“We are uncomfortable with paradox. Paradox is a concept that in our post-Enlightenment secular age, we have a hard time grasping. A paradox always feels like a problem to be dissected, a riddle to be solved…though our trust and confidence in God may seem paradoxical at times, it isn’t ever baseless. God’s goodness and His love are evident everywhere, if we but have the eyes to see.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“…it takes time and growth to gain the wisdom to see things more clearly. I think of it like going into a dark room at night with no artificial lights. Your eyes eventually adjust to the darkness and you can make out shapes and maybe see some things in the room. But as the sun slowly rises and increasing amounts of light come through the window, you see more and more until at last you can see everything clearly.” (Sacramental Living Podcast)

“Grace that it is the gift of God’s own presence and action in His creation. The Scriptures repeatedly point out that God is omnipresent. We can trust we are never outside of His love and grace. However, it is paradoxical that though God is never separate from us, we can separate ourselves from Him by our choice to consciously reject Him through our thought and/or behavior.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Sacramental Living Podcast)

“Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. Sadly, too often we hear those words and are not able to apply them to how we live on a day-to-day basis…No matter what the circumstances, no matter how much we mess up, no matter how many powerful forces there are that would try to damage our relationship with Him, God will be there for us with His love.” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 8:38-39)

“No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be separated from his love.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 8:35-36)

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