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Spiritual Exile

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“His Love Endures Forever” by Anthony Falbo
JEREMIAH 29:13-14
When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me. I will be present for you, declares the Lord, and I will end your captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have scattered you, and I will bring you home after your long exile, declares the Lord.

Jeremiah wrote this as part of a letter to exiled Jews in Babylon. He wanted them to understand that this was not going to be a quick trip. Much of the population of Jerusalem--princes, craftspeople, bakers, and aristocrats, would die in this foreign culture. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would be the first Jews in the diaspora, communities of Jewish exiles who maintain their national identity, culture, and religious traditions even while surrounded by a foreign culture. 

In scripture, it is often God's chosen people--the Jews, people God has promised never to forsake, who are exiled all the time. T…