MORNING MEDITATION

“One Day God Will Bring Us Home!”

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“One Day God Will Bring Us Home!(Ez.11:14-20).
For the 2 and half years that I’ve been in my present parish, we have buried not less than twenty corpses; none of which are members if our parish. We have also conducted funeral services for some who were taken to their homelands for burial. Even then, only few family members could brave it to those villages.
This is the extent to which war can psychologically and culturally devastate a people!
When family members come to arrange the funeral services or for cemetry space, one easily discerns the frustration, stress and trauma these people are passing through because they cannot take their loved ones to bury in their homeland.
There is a religious bond which binds people to their homeland. We may say that home is wherever you settle, may be. But there is a sense of emptiness when we are alienated from homeland.
God’s promise to Abraham included land (Gen.15:7). God also promised him,“To your descendants I will give this land…”(Gen.15:18-21).
Before his death in Egypt Joseph assured his brothers,“God will surely …take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” He also asked them to carry along his bones to the promised land(Gen.50:24-26).
One way or the other each of us has suffered some kind of displacement that has placed us under uncomfortable conditions. We long for a return to homeland just like the Africans who were conscripted to fight a war that did not concern them. They remind us of their longing for home in this song, “Home again again, when shall I see my home? When shall I see my native land, I will never forget my home.”
Yes, *”home be home!” “There’s no place like home, home sweet home…” “I say this is the land of my birth…” How about our “Land of promise, land of glory…!”
However, there is good news to those who have been displaced and are now living as Internally displaced persons, refugees, exiles or emigrants. *God has been a sanctuary for us in the countries where we are.*
This is what the LORD says,“I will gather you from the nations and bring you back…and I will give you back the land…again.”
When we return and remove “all vile images, and destestable idols,” he will give us “an undivided heart and put a new spirit in us. He will replace our heart of stone with a heart of flesh. We will follow his decrees and be careful to keep his laws.
We will be his people and he will be our God.
Let us therefore turn to the Lord through his Son so that his face can continually shine on us.
Weekend prayer: Father, take away from me a heart of stone, give me an undivided heart and put a new spirit in me. Amen!
Have a blessed weekend! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang

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