are fascinating to hear spoken.
The jumble of syllables
as they flow in confused order
from someone’s mouth
Unusual guttural sounds,
unique tongue rolls or clicks,
even facial appearances;
each lend to various manners of articulation.
If I listen carefully,
I may distinguish a few words
that ring familiar,
bearing similarity to those in my own language.
Yet, even if I were to master a foreign language,
there would be so much more to learn
in order to gain a full understanding
of the culture in which that language
In observing others who have lived
immersing themselves for many years
within a foreign land
and mastering the language and culture,
it can be difficult for them to re-enter
the land of their birth
except in the role of visitor.
To redefine home
means to cast their first home in a new light;
the birth home becoming the foreign land.
Refreshment, passion, outlook,
joy, rest, safety,
even the language of dreams
and take root
in the chosen land.
“So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens,
but you are fellow citizens with the saints,
and are of God’s household,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.”
“You once were not a people,
but now you are the people of God;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.”
~I Peter 2:10