“…This is what we are here for as a Church. Our life as church declares to the world that God's longing is for a humanity like this, broken open for intimacy. Broken open: because there is a cost in the creation of the humanity God longs for. At the very beginning of all things, and at the very beginning of the story of God's people, the word of God speaks into a dark emptiness and brings life and light. By sheer divine freedom, God brings light, makes a humanity where there was no humanity, a community where there was no community. And God makes us able to receive his mercy where once we could not even understand that we needed it. In a word, we have been called from nothingness; but this means that we still stand over that abyss of emptiness -- an inner void that only the Word of God can hold and fill and make to be something that is real and living. Sin is our constant temptation to slip back into nothingness, into unreality -- the void of our own individual desires and agendas, the void of a self that deludes itself into the belief that it is really there on its own, independent of God and others…”
~ Rowan Williams, from here.