a far country…

This post orginally appeared on this blog in October 2008 – even then I was contemplating issues of forgetfulness and faith…!

“Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He grieves that we have forgotten him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence…

For too long we have been in a far country:
a country of noise and hurry and crowds,
a country of climb and push and shove,
a country of frustration and fear and intimidation.

And he welcomes us home:
home to serenity and peace and joy,
home to friendship and fellowship and openness,
home to intimacy and acceptance and affirmation.”

Richard Foster, Prayer

Lord, so often I forget you. Help me to remember.

So often I am engrossed in that ‘far country’ – easily distracted, easily bored, easily forgetful.

Help me to remember you, and refuse to live by the expectations of others (and myself), but seek to follow you alone.

3 thoughts on “a far country…

  1. delemares says:

    This poem beautifully sums up what I’ve been learning on the 40 Day Soul Fast which I’m following. I’d just posted my update for week 2 when I read this. Very timely. Thank you, Lucy


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