Poetry Monday – Longing for Home

November 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

The 17th century pastor and writer Richard Baxter, in his later years, spent a portion of each day in ‘Heavenly contemplation.” It deepened his love and delight in God and helped his fruitfulness in ministry. I’m finding  myself “homesick” too, in a joyful way, eager to taste the sweetness of that eternal Communion with my Lord.

Colossians 3 – If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

20th century poet Anne Porter wrote most of her work late in her long life.  After the death of her husband, she writes longingly of the New Jerusalem, our true home. It’s the place where “death will hunt us in vain.” Here’s a portion of her poem that I read today:

We know little
We can tell less
But one thing I know
One thing I can tell
I will see you again in Jerusalem
Which is of such beauty
No matter what country you come from
You will be more at home there
Than ever with father or mother
Than even with lover or friend
And once we’re within her borders
Death will hunt us in vain.

__ from Four Poems in One in Living Things


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