Reflections

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A common Christian description of the human condition is that people as sinners are alienated, lost, and cut off from God. Being out of sync with their Creator and themselves, people are unable to find truly enduring fulfillment and satisfaction in life. And yet, the human longing and desire for meaning, purpose, and significance continues to churn in the human heart. Thus, happiness or true self-fulfillment is fleeting in life.

Christian authors like St. Augustine, Blaise Pascal, Søren Kierkegaard, and C. S. Lewis describe what might be called “soul-sorrow”—being weary and burdened by life and one’s existential brokenness and separation from God. Here’s Augustine’s famous quote from his work Confessions, where he says to God in prayer, “You made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace until they rest in you.”1 Interestingly, when I read St. Augustine’s Confessions, I often feel like I’m reading the words of…

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