February 17, 2016: Seeking A City

~by Louis Templeman

I have cried over pictures of the hordes of immigrants from Syria pouring into Europe to uncertain destinations. These folks are leaving jobs, neighborhoods, and dead and missing relatives and friends. They are victims of a crazy war which has no less than five different armies going at it. Human history is replete with such disturbing pictures. In the Bible we find the nation of Israel as pilgrims fleeing Egypt. We find them later as captives removed to Babylon. Our American history reflects that under President Jackson the entire Cherokee nation was forced en masse on the Trail of Tears to points west.

Our history and our current world situation finds millions who are homeless, searching for an opportunity to make a stake, work an honest job and care for their families and escape famine, disease, oppression and war.

The desire for a home is hard wired into the human psyche. That God will dwell with his people in an eternal home of comfort and joy is woven securely into the fabric of our faith. We need a home in the here and now. And at the end of our pilgrimage of faith we desire our ultimate home.

Hebrews 11:16Instead, they were longing for a better country–a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. NIV.

Our compassionate God insists we consider the strangers and homeless with our prayers, money, and other ministry as love leads and empowers. In Matthew 25: 34-36 Jesus makes it clear his heart is with the homeless and hurting: “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me. . . .” NIV

Homelessness is a terrible situation which God wants remedied. Ultimately we can see ourselves in the plight of our brothers and sisters in distress. We long for and work for them to find a home. And, their plight echoes our own restlessness until we find our hearts secured in our final destination.
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Hebrews 13:14 NIV.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave.

St. Matthew 10:29


Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D. Louis has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and is fighting the good fight. Much of what he writes these days he is sharing his journey with us. Please keep Louis and his wife Joy in your prayers.

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