Relationship Not Religion
Updated: Aug 4, 2022
Longing for Authentic Relationships:
As humans we long to be in authentic relationship with others. Our spirits hunger for this sustenance. We long to be known. To be loved and pursued despite our faults and shortcomings, is the reprieve that our souls crave. For some, that’s a loving spouse, or the bond that we have with our children. For others it’s friendships with those who share our worldview. Some feel connected to God’s creation, so the harmony one finds with the earth is meaningful. All of these connections are wonderful and reflect the nature of who we are. We were created to be in relationship and it’s in these relationships that we are defined.
Since the age of reason, we sense there is a void within us which needs to be filled. Over the years we may have tried to quench this thirst with “stuff”, only to be left wanting. I believe that no matter what journey we’re on, these voids cry out for more, and yet they can remain unsatisfied. I like what John 6:35 (ESV) says, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” The truth is, I’ve known this longing of the soul where my spirit felt hollow and my addictions left me deprived.
The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10 (ESV)
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