It is easier to love the neighbor
who lives on the other side of the earth,
someone imagined who we have never touched,
who will never touch us.
Yes, it is safe to love a person we don’t know.
And so it is with God,
easier to love the God who is not
rather than the God who is,
a God distant,
one who cannot touch us.
It is easier to be less afraid
with this God we construct.
And so I pray that my fears may subside,
that I may come to know you, God
as you are,
close to me.