There is a very real emotional experience in coming home. When, through the providence of God, one is born and bred in a particular area and nation, that environment and culture with its variety and influences, possesses one’s psyche. It can be described basically as “roots”. The roots of one’s existence are planted deep into the inner man.
It is not only the location, but also the family ties. Those flesh and blood connections that bind and persist through life. Such was the emotional response when we came home to Wales. There is a Welsh song which has this statement, “We’ll kiss away each hour of hiraeth (longing), when you come home again to Wales.”
Whilst this is true and vital, yet the Christian looks forward to another homecoming. Christ said, I go to prepare a place for you. This world is not really our home, for we are but sojourners, strangers and pilgrims in the earth. We desire a better country, and God has prepared for us a city whose Builder and Maker is God. And our family ties are spiritual connections within the household of faith, tying us to Abraham and all those who are of like precious faith. We are all, then, on our way home.
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