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Longings:

Or, Reflections on the Gospel of John in Response to Leonard Cohen

I hunger.

Bread fills me.

I hunger again.

I thirst.

Wine makes the heart glad.

My thirst is not quenched.

I question.

I have seen all done under the sun.

Truth eludes me.

I love

As the wonder of a man with a virgin.

Yet the unity is cracked.

I live,

Tasting, hearing, smelling, seeing, feeling all these mundane joys,

Yet I die.

Surely there is more

To being, to life;

Bread which satiates, drink which vivifies,

Truth that finds me.

Surely there is a marriage of unbroken communion.

Jesus says, I AM.

Joshua Schendel

Joshua Schendel

Joshua Schendel grew up in Montana before going off to study classics, philosophy, and theology. He currently resides in St. Louis along with his wife, Bethanne, and three kids, where he is pursuing his PhD in theology.

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