we’re embarking on a journey to obesity and beyond. our church organizes parish events every couple months, and the most recent was a cheesesteak crawl. some were pretty shady spots where we parked under an overpass, shuffled along unlit streets and realized that much of philly can only be described as grimy. despite eating cheese from a can, the combination of a “cheesesteak whiz wit” is worth the experience. we ended the night by cramming 20 asians and one large white man into an elevator, which proceeded to grind to a halt in protest half a floor up. we would probably still be crammed in there if not for nate who reached out and pried the doors open.
we’ve also discovered the candy bins at the grocery store down the street. it’s become a regular late night tradition to throw on some shoes and stand in a deserted grocery store deliberating between chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered peanuts, chocolate, chocolate with coconut flakes, gummy bears and gummy worms.
we’ve joined a small group that tends to run long-winded in-depth bible studies on friday nights. last week we looked at the place of the tabernacle in Exodus, and the progression of the tabernacle as the dwelling place of god (Ex. 40:34-38), to Christ as the dwelling place (John 1:14), to us as the temple (1 Cor. 3:16-17), then coming full circle in revelation. i’m not a big fan of revelation, but the verses rev. 21:4, “he will wipe every tear from their eyes. there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away,” and rev. 21:22, “I did not see a temple in the city, because the lord god almighty and the lamb are its temple” (NIV) were really beautiful. i’ve thought a lot about loneliness lately. one explanation i’ve heard for loneliness and feeling distant from God is that our sinful minds create this erroneous idea that God is not present, and these moments of isolation are intended to give us a glimpse of God turning his back on Christ. except God actually was absent. i’ve also heard some people attribute loneliness to the fact that we are constantly seeking to meet a deep need within us that can only be met by Christ. a large part of what seems to be at play in loneliness is a sense that we don’t belong, and a lack of connection. i imagine that the new jerusalem will be this amazing reunion where God’s love trumps all.