Hebrews 11ff

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Driven by
longing
for a place
on earth,
those defined
by belief are
familiar with
discontent.
Confessors of
alienation,
they are searchers,
strangers and foreigners,
outcast and
unbelonging
forward-lookers,
believers in (against
all charges of
strictness and
pedantry)
a better, higher
country.
God’s own
children.

They are the
lonely prophets,
boat-rocking,
destabilizing justice-
bringers, lion-
tamers and
firefighters,
Houdinis and
feeble champions.
They are mothers
of the Risen, who,
though captured
and tortured, stare
resolutely into the
eyes of their captors
saying, “you can
take nothing
which won’t be
given back
better.”

They are the
jeered and mocked,
the beaten,
chained,
immolated,
indigent,
isolated,
homeless,
abused.
They are
hiders, den-
livers and cave-
dwellers,
solitary hobbits,
chased-outsiders.

They deserve better than this world.

They are the
still-waiting,
incomplete,
yearners, longers,
aching testifiers,
awaiting the reign of
the completer,
the author and finisher.

And they are
waiting for
you
to join them.

 

 

Jason Rodenbeck is an Indiana-born former minister and college teacher who currently works at a private university. He is passionate about his wife, Vangie, theology, and learning. On weekends, he and Vangie love to go exploring small-towns, parks, and antique shops. They find beauty in old things and love to restore and repurpose them.  You can read more of  Jason’s poems and other work at https://jasonrodenbeck.wordpress.com, or see some of  their restorations at http://theroadinback.com.

 

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