This reflective Tale about cities was inspired by our Sojourning 2015.
They rise and fall, they exist. Their streets are paved, paving the way for thousands of souls to pass through. Their buildings give way to elaborate architecture, towering above, always out of reach. Cars everywhere, never sleeping, always moving. A melting pot, cultures meet, diversity is born and people change.
Cities are defined, created and formed. Over time, things change, people move and industry develops. A centre, a metropolis, a place where worship happens. Metal lines, joining everywhere, underground and over ground they go – without them people would be lost and cities would not be the same.
Grid iron, cyclical, roads lead in and out, shaping, defining and forming cities and their movements. Integral to their existence, these roads form the byways and byways are formed by the roads. Representing history, always existing in the same place, they take form as men hammer and repair, what seems like an endless task year in and year out. So the roads take shape, and so do the cities by which they are defined by.
Water flows, people move – like blood through arteries and veins, so they pass, in and out, back and forth, never tiring, infiltrating. Like a giant organism, the city exists, the city seems to move, yet always remains in place.
From city to city – each is the same, yet so different. Seeing cities, enjoying cities, staying in a city, brings about unique realities about each city as different as they each are to each other.
The sure, unchanging, never fading, perfect realities of the everlasting City:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:1-4