Last week I saw the movie “Gravity,” while also reading Homer’s Odyssey this fall, while also leading a congregation of God’s people. What do these three things have in common?
A deep and powerful longing for love and home, that’s what.
This longing is within every one of us, that’s why we write, read and watch epics about it. We are status viatoris, in the state or condition of being on the way. This is a basic concept of the Christian faith. We have not arrived, not fully comprehended, not yet made it home. We are not wanderers, however. We are pilgrims with a destination.
We come together every week as a pilgrim people in order to enter the historic and true epic of God’s redemption in our worship and liturgy, to hear the old old story, to listen to whispers of home, to be reminded that the space and time we inhabit is not all there is or ever shall be–that we can love one another in the family of God; we can get on our knees and lift our voices to the one fixed point in the universe, upon whom we have pinned all our hopes, and who does not disappoint: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Each Sunday we remind each other that the Triune God is our home, and that the gravity of grace shall one day draw us near. We will see Him face to face.
A fellow pilgrim,
PS We have two more weeks of Explore God. Ask God to put one person on your heart to invite to a Sunday or Wednesday night dinner and discussion (6:30pm) at Foodheads. We had a great group last week!