Hearts made for God

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Pride struggles to push us to the top of the heap. But the top of the heap is not vacant. God is there, high above all. Ambition drives us to seek power and glory—but the glory and power are Yours, Lord. The promiscuous man or woman is looking desperately for some kind of love in return, but fails to see the love of God, offered freely and without condition . . .

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Others search restlessly for satisfaction in this or that sensual experience, but only “at his right hand” are there “pleasures forevermore.” Truly our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You, O Lord . . .

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In other words, sin comes when we take a perfectly natural desire or longing or ambition and try desperately to fulfill it without God. Not only is it sin, it is a perverse distortion of the image of the Creator in us. All these good things, and all our security, are rightly found only and completely in him.

–St. Augustine
The Confessions of Augustine
In Modern English

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Waiting at the door

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We are orphans at the gate of the orphanage, awaiting our new parents. They aren’t here yet, but we know they are coming. They wrote us a letter. We haven’t seen them yet, but we know what they look like. They sent us a picture. And we’re not acquainted with our new house yet, but we have a hunch about it. It’s grand. They sent a description.

–Max Lucado
When God Whispers Your Name

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Looking for God

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Every man who knocks 
on the door of a brothel 
is looking for God.

–G. K. Chesterton

Image by Vlado R. Vasilev

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Our lifelong nostalgia

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Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation. And to be at last summoned inside would be both the glory and honor beyond all our merits and also the healing of that old ache.

–C. S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory

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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

What we all hunger for

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The Kingdom of God
is what all of us hunger for
above all other things even when
we don’t know its name.

–Frederick Buechner

Infinity inside

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Man’s unhappiness . . . 
comes of his greatness; 
it is because there is 
an Infinite in him, 
which with all his cunning 
he cannot quite bury 
under the Finite.

–Thomas Carlyle
(1795 – 1881)

A God-shaped void

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What else does this longing and helplessness proclaim, but that there was once in each person a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? We try to fill this in vain with everything around us, seeking in things that are not there the help we cannot find in those that are there. Yet none can change things, because this infinite abyss can only be filled with something that is infinite and unchanging – in other words, by God himself. God alone is our true good.

–Blaise Pascal
(1623 – 1662)

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