On a journey

I’m reading Paul Theroux’s 1975 classic travel book The Great Railway Bazaar. It’s written when it was possible to travel by train from London to eastern Iran and then from the Afghan border to southern Sri Lanka, Theroux records a strange but entertaining railway odyssey.  In the course of which he notes that:

"Better to go first class than to arrive"


"The journey is the goal"

Both of which seem to express something of the kingdom of God – that now matters a great deal.  And yet Theroux’s book would have been disappointing if he failed to ultimately reach Tokyo by train.  And for Christians there is always the goal that to "die is to gain" and that one day the kingdom will be fully formed and that there will be "no more tears".

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