Sunday, February 06, 2011

Van Dyke: Thou wayfaring Jesus

Sunday, February 6, 2011
O Hope of Israel,
    its Savior in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land,
    like a traveler who stays only a night?
    —Jeremiah 14:8 (NIV)
Thou wayfaring Jesus, a pilgrim and stranger,
    Exiled from heaven by love at Thy birth:
Exiled again from Thy rest in the manger,
    A fugitive child ’mid the perils of earth—
Cheer with Thy fellowship all who are weary,
    Wandering far from the land that they love;
Guide every heart that is homeless and dreary,
    Safe to its home in Thy presence above.
    ... Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), The Poems of Henry Van Dyke, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1920, p. 230 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You make me a home in Your kingdom, for my home is not here.
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