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In Exile

Lord, we wait.
We wait for you.
We wait for your return.
We wait for your kingdom.
We wait to enter your kingdom.
 
This is not where we want to be.
This is not where we long to be.
This is not our home.
 
Lord, we live in exile.
We ache for you.
We ache for your return.
We call out to you in our longing.
Lord, bring us home!

You answer.
Your answer.
Not our answer.
Yours.

Build
Settle
Plant
Grow
Pray
Stay

What?
Sacrifice?
Pray for them? 
Their prosperity?
Remain here?

Lord, you can save us now.
Bring us back to the garden of Eden.

But…

You could have saved Yourself.

Instead…

You entered a different garden.

For us.
You were dragged away.
For us.
You sacrificed.

So…

We wait.
But we settle here.
We wait.
But we plant in this garden.
We wait.
But we pray for their prosperity.

We will use your gifts.
Here.
We will bless others with our lives.
Here.

We will live in your kingdom.
Now.
We will honor your sacrifice.
Now.

I offer my life.
A living sacrifice.

Based on 6/11/17 sermon

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