I'm home from Haiti!
Home. I LOVE that word and I love that place. In his book, Heaven, Randy Alcorn reminds us that we are created with a desire to be home. Home is where our safety and comfort lie and we long for home when we are away. How true! But the cool thing is that, even though we have the longing to be home whenever we roam the earth, we are not yet truly home.
I long for the day when I get to experience the true "coming home" experience. I can only imagine how restful, comforting, and peaceful that homecoming will be because it will be a permanent feeling that never goes away. My attachment to my earthly home is just a little foretaste of the attachment, peace, and joy I will experience when I come home for good.
It was kind of strange not being in touch with anyone for so long through email or phone. I think I'm definitely addicted to my internet connection and feel a big loss when I'm out of touch. There was an internet café in the town I stayed in (Ouanaminthe), but it is powered by a generator and you never know when the generator is going to run out of gas and you lose all your work. I wasn't that desperate.
You will hear much about my trip in the coming days. I'm going to write out my journey in little chunks so you can experience it with me. But for now, I have 4 million details to catch up on and so I'm just going to share the verse with you that haunted my thoughts while in the midst of a country full of suffering, wandering, desperate people. People with no home.
James 1:27 "Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us."