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It has been my observation that somewhere deep in the forest of life many Christians come to a fork in the road,” writes Tom Long.

“Some head in one direction, traveling their last few days in bitterness, shouting at the world for its iniquity, wagging their heads over the sad plight of our time, cursing ‘what this world has come to nowadays.’

“Others, however, are given the gift of traveling the other way, the path of a cheerful confidence in providence…This is the path that knows that a banquet table awaits us at the end of our earthly journey and that a house of music and dancing can already be heard in the distance.

“This is the path that sees a world full of miracles. This is the way of blessing, the path of gratitude.

“I am convinced that it is the risen Christ who stands at this parting of the ways. If the good news of Easter is true, then we have hope, and it is hope that sustains us when we face our darkest hours.”

With appreciation to Tom Long

As C.S. Lewis has said: If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

Saint Augustine said: Our heart is restless, O Lord, until it finds its rest in you!”

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