Lately I have been having some conversations with a good friend of mine about Tellihard de la Chardin’s contributions to the church and theology. Chances are you have never heard of him. He was Jesuit Priest and Scientist and was absolutely brilliant. Something rather extraordinary about his teachings really stuck with me. He believed that Creation was the Song of God and honestly I could not agree more! The first time I heard of his thoughts on the subject I immediately thought of these two verses.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Since the beginning all creation has been groaning for the fulfillment of all things. Total Shalom and reconciliation unto God. In the last few months I think I have become more aware of this song than ever. It is a song of hope and longing. A song that has not seen the fulfillment of its desire but knows without a shadow of a doubt that it exist and is coming. It is a song of a world on the brink of birth rather than death. It is a song that reverberates through every last one of us! It is a song that our bones and guts were singing long before we ever knew the words!
We have all felt it. That deep longing and desire for something beyond ourselves. Sometimes we even look back to the past and try and call it nostalgia when in all actuality those memories are not what our bones crave. They are just a reminder of a time when we were more apt to listen. A time when we were less concerned about what we were going to eat, or drink, what we were going to wear and how we could keep the bills up. Those moments when all that matters is that very moment. That is when we are closest to it. That is when our hearts are aligned with creations longing for eternity.
I do not know if we ever really have forgotten that song but I know we seem to contentiously get it wrong because I see a lot of people trying to curb the desire with finite and hollow things. We fashion idols from the dust to try and fulfill desires to be whole. So what does our great and wonderful God do? He wraps himself in humanity and re-teaches us the song! He writes the words on our hearts! Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to sing as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings beyond our own understanding of words! We were always meant to sing along with Creations song!
The Kingdom of God is the fulfillment of all of our longings and the resurrection of Christ was the crescendo of it all. Finally we can clearly sing “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done!”. Our hearts have had a taste of life beyond the temporal and we will not stop until every nation, tribe, and tongue are gathered around his throne singing in perfect harmony creations song!
Through whom, to whom, and for whom all things exist!
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