Who We Are

There is a sense in which we are all pilgrims in life questing for our forever home.
We are ever journeying, ever seeking, ever searching for that place of true peace and rest.

“There’s no place like home,” they say. And if we just pushed ourselves hard enough, we’ll eventually get there, too. Yet often the harsh realities of life confront us with the biting recognition that, in reality, “there’s no place that’s home.”

 

In the last century, German philosopher Martin Heidegger coined a term to describe this existential crisis that he felt was our shared human experience. “Thrownness” [Geworfenheit] is what he called it—we are each thrown into this world as “Being-toward-Death.” This present reality is not where we came from, and this, too, is not where we are meant to dwell in the end. Whatever we may have now is temporary. It is almost as if Heidegger was borrowing a page right out of the Christian Scriptures. The Bible, in the New Testament, records a letter to early believers that reminded them of this fact:

For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
—Hebrews 13:14 (ESV)

While we journey together as a church community, we embrace our pilgrim identity to remind ourselves that the journey of faith is ultimately meant to bring weary pilgrims like us to the ultimate Pilgrim, Jesus Christ. He has journeyed from Heaven down to Earth and deep into our “thrownness”, not just to show us the way but to take us into Himself and to give us the true peace and rest that our hearts so long to have. At the deepest level of our pilgrim hearts, we echo the prayer that St. Augustine confessed before God,

Thou movest us to delight in praising Thee; for Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.
—Augustine, Confessions 1.1.1

To all who would place their trust in Him alone, Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Come weary pilgrim, let us journey together to Christ. Him alone is our Peace, our Rest, our Joy, our Satisfaction, our Life. He is our forever home.