A Theology of Exile

What I read tonight,
The theology of the people of God, wandering in the faith of Abraham and Sarah, is a theology of the way--not yet a theology of the home country. It is a theology of exile and exodus, and in all its images and concepts it bears the stamp of the far-off land itself out of which these images and concepts are to lead us. The lament 'How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?' (Ps. 137.4) is the lament of theology, too, in this world, estranged as it is from God.

Jurgen Moltmann, Experiences in Theology, 50.
Reminded me of what we sang on Sunday morning,
Soon shall close thy earthly mission,
Soon shall pass thy pilgrim days
Hope shall change to glad fruition,
Faith to sight and prayer to praise

"Jesus, I my Cross Have Taken," Final Stanza

Which caused me to think,
And if I weep, let it be as a man who is longing for his home.

"If I stand," Rich Mullins
Which prompted me to remember that "He who testifies to these things says, 'Yes, I am coming quickly'" (Rev 22:20).

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
October 15, 2008


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