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The end of the Bible points to what is to come – not just for our lives but also for our world. All things will be made new, we are promised. When newness comes what is old will pass away. We will be free in the future. This fact can give us hope now in the present.
Everything dies, baby that’s a fact, but maybe everything that dies someday comes back….
Bruce Springsteen, Atlantic City
God made us for himself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in him.
St Augustine (354-430 AD), The Confessions
The longing of our hearts for something more, something beyond ourselves is powerful. Intuitively, we know that we need something to complete our broken hearts, minds, and spirits… Satisfaction for our restlessness is proposed in any number of directions, each of them leading us to serve the creation rather than the Creator. A faint hope persists that satisfaction may be found apart from God, but that hope is false indeed.
Many people experience loneliness in society, or there is the loneliness of sorrow, guilt, and judgment. All of us feel at times a loneliness for God. Someone has called it cosmic loneliness. We don’t know what it is. It makes us restless. You see, man was made for God; and without God, he is lonely.
That God does not exist I cannot deny, but that my whole being cries out for God I cannot forget.
Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)
Faith is like a forward memory, allowing us to believe as if what is promised has already happened.