Uncomfortable Settlers

11 Apr

Indian Creek--next to the home where I grew up in Half Day, IllinoisPerhaps a few of you were born and raised and still live in the same area; my question for you is do you feel at home?  Many of us long for home but don’t know where it is.  Is it where we grew up or at least where we spent the longest time?  Is it where we raised our children?  Where we live now?  Where our family is?  Where we’ll retire?  All of the above?  None of the above?  When my mom died, my brother, sister, and I had a profound sense of being orphans–orphans without a home.  I came across this poem from Bojer’s The Emigrants that I really identify with:

If you came back

You wanted to leave again.

If you went away

You longed to come back

Wherever you were

You could hear the call of the homeland,

Like the note of the herdsman’s horn

Far away in the hills.

You had one home out there,

And one home over here,

And yet you were an alien

In both places.

Your true abiding place

Was the vision of something very far off.

And your soul was like the waves,

Always restless,

Forever in motion.

I’ve wondered if some people’s fear of change or other people’s wanderlust can stem from this impossible to realize search for home.  The truth is, we’re all in exile and have a yearning that can’t be satisfied until heaven:

These people all died controlled and sustained by their faith, but not having received the tangible fulfillment of [God’s] promises, only having seen it and greeted it from a great distance by faith, and all the while acknowledging and confessing that they were strangers and temporary residents and exiles upon the earth.  Hebrews 11:13

One Response to “Uncomfortable Settlers”

  1. Ulla Eklund April 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Susan,

    You are amazing, how awesome thing, our home is Heaven and we are going there. There is one song with words “Heaven is our home”. Our citizenship is in Heaven. God bless you!


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