God Was Here: No Longer Homeless

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The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.
I will rescue the lame;
    I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
    in every land where they have suffered shame.
At that time I will gather you;
    at that time I will bring you home.
Zephaniah 3: 17, 19-20

 

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There fared a mother driven forth
Out of an inn to roam;
In the place where she was homeless
All men are at home.

For men are homesick in their homes,
And strangers under the sun,
And they lay on their heads in a foreign land
Whenever the day is done.

A Child in a foul stable,
Where the beasts feed and foam;
Only where He was homeless
Are you and I at home;

To the end of the way of the wandering star,
To the things that cannot be and that are,
To the place where God was homeless
And all men are at home.
~G.K. Chesterton from “The House of Christmas”

 

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Even when I am weary,
one foot in front of the other
whether in my clinic seeing patient after patient,
or in the daily chores of the barn

I know His respite comes and refuge is near.
I remember how our good God
prepares us in such a place as this,
what He did to bring us home
when we ache for Him.

Our only hope and comfort is in Him.
He brings us home.
Home.
Homeless no longer, but homefull.

 

 

Though you are homeless
Though you’re alone
I will be your home
Whatever’s the matter
Whatever’s been done
I will be your home
I will be your home
I will be your home
In this fearful fallen place
I will be your home
When time reaches fullness
When I move my hand
I will bring you home
Home to your own place
In a beautiful land
I will bring you home
I will bring you home
I will bring you home
From this fearful fallen place
I will bring you home
I will bring you home
~Michael Card

2 thoughts on “God Was Here: No Longer Homeless

  1. Emily,
    Thank you for the beautiful, encouraging words and pictures!
    God’s blessings to you and your family this Christmas!

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  2. Haunting pics; the first three are ethereal. I get lost in them. Thank you, Emily.

    The term ‘homeless’ has become a commonly used generic, impersonal identification-classification tag in our world today. Included in that tragic category, in addition to our own nation’s homeless, are the hundreds of thousands of homeless refugees ripped from their homelands by wars of occupation engendered by hatred and human greed. Dispossessed rootless innocent human beings are now doomed to roam unfamiliar, often hostile, territory seeking sanctuary from compassionate, understanding strangers for a chance to begin their families’ lives anew.

    Our world now has thousands of ‘Bethlehems’! The homeless wanderers are confronted by the ugly truth that ‘there is no room for them.’ They are not wanted because of the color of their skin, their ethnic heritage, their religious beliefs, and the concern that they may pose an economic threat.

    Chesterton’s quote, ‘Only where he was homeless are you and I at home,’ and Emily’s simple, profound truth, ‘He brings us Home,’ tell us all that we need to absorb to identify with the human suffering and inequality that the ‘Good News” message of hope that this mysterious Incarnation truly means for us.

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