Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Longings and Belongings

Those un-named yearnings we feel from time to time brought often
from places locked in memory,

or perhaps by soaring , thrilling music heard,

or some glory seen about us -

"all these yearnings, longings are Homesickness,

a wanting in full what is only hinted at.

These are the things that conjure in our emotions the Things Unseen."

~Mark Buchanan

All these longings are what enable us to keep our eyes fixed on our true destination, our Heavenly one.

In the meantime, these are used by our Lord to make us run away from all our troubles outside and 'go home' to Him, our dwelling place in the Here and Now.

He that hath made his refuge God

shall find a safe secure abode,

Shall walk all day beneath His shade

And there at night shall rest his head.

~Isaac Watts