Often times people feel displaced in life. Many people feel melancholic, knowing they should be at home here on earth, but often times wondering why life can be so hard and why humans make it harder with how they behave. Walker Percy says the fundamental mystery of the universe is why we feel so alone in the world.
The Bible states that the solution to both Israel’s exile problem and humanity’s exile problem is the same solution. A king who will come and deliver them and reunite heaven and earth for all.
As we first turned away from God in our thoughts, so it is in our thoughts that the first movements toward the renovation of the heart occur. Thoughts are the place where we can and must begin to change. There the light of God first begins to move upon us through the word of Christ, and there the divine Spirit begins to direct our will to more and more thoughts tha can provide the basis for choosing to realign ourselves with God and his way.
Never in my lifetime have can I remember our nation, the Church, and our communities being do deeply fractured and divided. The recent years have literally shattered life-long friendships, church communities, and even families. I’m sure you heard or even experienced these stories for yourselves. As I’m sure we’ve all heard, what has taken place in our world is not so much an illness, as a symptom of deeper problems.