The essence of religion consists in the feeling of an absolute dependence.
— Friedrich Schleiermacher, born on this date in 1768
Ah, now I understand the problem. In my late adolescence and early adult life, I learned that I could depend upon no one; that abandonment, isolation, and forced self-reliance haunts me, and the notion of religion as dependence is quite a problem. And so it goes.
But what Schleiermacher is referring is the absolute contingency of things, which is inescapable.