The Final Banquet

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Jesus will make the world
our perfect home again.
We will no longer be living ‘east of Eden,’
always wandering and never arriving.
We will come, and the father will meet us
and embrace us, and we will be 
brought into the feast.

–Tim Keller
The Prodigal God

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Original glory

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Earlier in the Story, back in the beginning of our time on earth, a great glory was bestowed upon us. All of us—men and women—were created in the image of God. Fearfully and wonderfully made, as the saying goes. Living icons of the living God. Those who have ever stood before him fall to their knees without even thinking, as you find yourself breathless before the Grand Canyon, a sunrise, the cliffs by the sea. That glory was shared with us; we were in Chesterton’s phrase, “statues of God walking about in a Garden,” endowed with strength and beauty all our own. All that you ever wished you could be, you were—and more. We were glorious.

When I look at the night sky 
and see the work of your fingers—
the moon and the stars you have set in place—
what are mortals that you should think of us, 
mere humans that you should care for us?
For you have made us only a little lower than God, 
and you crowned us with glory and with honor.
(Psa. 8:3-5 NLT)

I daresay we’ve heard a little about original sin, 
but not nearly enough about original glory, 
which come before sin and is 
much deeper to our nature.

We were crowned with glory and with honor. Why does a woman long to be beautiful? How does a man hope to be found brave? Because we remember, if only faintly, that we were once more than we are now.

–John Eldredege
Epic
(emphasis added)

Memories of Eden

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For all of us, Eden’s loss hits hard. A snake comes into every garden, interrupting innocence with a divorce, a death, a shaming moment, or a terrible violation. It may have been dramatic or it may have been subtle, but whatever it was, it signaled Eden’s demise, the loss of innocence.

I wonder – if Adam’s sin courses through my veins, perhaps so does his memory of Eden. Could that be what it means to have “eternity written in our hearts?” – that we’ve been there before and its goodness has been imprinted on our souls?

Maybe it’s time that we begin to remember those days – those moments or relationships we experienced when all seemed right with the world.

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What if we looked at those memories
as bread crumbs left behind
by a God who loves us.

Perhaps if we pick them up, we’ll make our way back home, finding there a taste of a future that will be ours.

What do you remember about your Eden?

Spend time with that memory. Write about it. Be thankful for it.

–Al Andrews
(emphasis added)

 

Paradise restored

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Jesus will make the world
our perfect home again.
We will no longer be living ‘east of Eden,’
always wandering and never arriving.
We will come, and the father will meet us
and embrace us, and we will be 
 brought into the feast.

–Tim Keller
The Prodigal God

Echoes of Eden

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The power of “nostalgia” jogs our memories, making us reminiscent of our beginnings, calling us back to the original matrix of creation, the beginning of all things.

This heavenly homesickness
is also another gift from the Creator.

It is like an internal alarm clock, and when it sounds it awakens us and reminds us it is time to arise and return home to Father. The restlessness we sense when we have lost the way is a spiritual mechanism placed inside of us by Father-Creator. It is a human love-call bidding us to come home.

–Don Milam
The Ancient Language of Eden

A sense of exile

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We all long for Eden
and we are constantly glimpsing it:
our whole nature is still soaked
with the sense of exile.

–J.R.R. Tolkien
(1892 – 1973)

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Catching glimpses

We all long for Eden,
and we are constantly glimpsing it:
our whole nature . . . is still
soaked with the sense of exile. 

–J.R.R. Tolkien

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Reminders of Eden

Beauty is transcendent. It is our most immediate experience of the eternal. Think of what it’s like to behold a gorgeous sunset or the ocean at dawn. Remember the ending of a great story. We yearn to linger, to experience it all our days. Sometimes the beauty is so deep it pierces us with longing. For what? For life as it was meant to be.

Beauty reminds us of an Eden
we have never known, but somehow
our hearts were created for.

–Stasi Eldredge

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