Tim Keller

“One hebrew commentator puts it like this: “In the bible, the ‘tree of life’ is an image of immortal, eternal life, but also, it’s an image of irretrievable loss. It’s an image ofcosmic nostalgia: a longing for something we remember yet never had…That’s what the bible’s saying, that’s what the Tree of Life is and, unless you understand that what your’re looking for is the tree of life then you’re not going to be wise. Of course there’s no one who’s put it, quite, like Lewis, who says: “Most people, if they really learn how to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want and want acutely what cannot be had in this world.”

The Wounded Spirit, sermon

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Psalm 13:12

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