Last stop

Hebrews 3:12-19: Take care, brothers and sisters, that none of you may have an evil, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the end.
Author Joan Didion, writing about the lure of California, says, “Here is the last stop for all of those who come from somewhere else...”
But all human beings “come from somewhere else,” in that we are spiritual beings, at our core, living in a physical world. As souls residing in physical bodies, how do we find that place that reminds of us our essence, that takes us away from our preoccupation with the physical?
Pain and loss can remind us that we are made for something else other than mortal human life. We encounter those tragedies, and we know that we are powerless to make the circumstances of this world cooperate with us. I don’t believe that God inflicts pain to teach us, but I do believe that we see more clearly our need for God when we hurt.
We find our original home-place when we help each other “become partners of Christ.” In loving God and seeing others as part of God, we “hold our first confidence firm to the end.” We return to our source, to our essence, to our God.
And there, with God, is the last stop for all of us who come from somewhere else.
Psalms 16, 17; Genesis 6:1-8; John 2:1-12
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