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Daily News and Prayer is inspired by The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most important (and most underappreciated) newspapers in the world. Posts are usually (but not always) responses to articles in the Monitor about events and trends that call for prayer.

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Refugees and home

"Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou are the guest of God.”

The words of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of The Christian Science Monitor, speak to the longing that is pulling millions of refugees out of Syria and other war-battered homelands in search of a country where they and their families will be welcome. The longing is not just for a national resting place. It is also for home in the deepest sense, for love and peace that cannot be uprooted.

Of course, this is not just a refugee issue. We are all pilgrims, whether we are rooted or rootless on earth, because we all are looking for that love and peace, our present home in heaven. Is it there for the taking? “In my Father's house are many mansions,” Christ Jesus promised: “if it were not so, I would have told you.”

The welcoming warmth of generous prayer, realizing the power of God’s ever-present love for humanity, can help to guide the refugees to their new homes. If roadblocks are erected by fearful nations, if refugees are exploited by unscrupulous human traffickers, no one has the authority to negate God’s love. None of us is foreign to God.

Perhaps this as an opportunity for humanity to begin outgrowing altogether the concept of foreignness. As the Apostle Paul observed, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”

I have found a new clarity about this refugee issue for myself by looking past a sense of national origin to a sense of heavenly home. Thanks to one particular reader, who wrote me after my last post, I have a new understanding of place that has nothing to do with nation or location but simply with my own understanding of God. Patriotism and emotion are no substitutes for real prayer.


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