"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Merry Christmas, GOD Our Home, & The Only Real Safety

Posted in Bokeh, Day-To-Day by matt on Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A photo of an out-of-focus Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas, friends!

After weeks of traveling, it’s nice to be tucked away at home.

Apart from a few little excursions, Cayla and I have barely gone more than 100 meters from our little cloister-of-a-house—we’ve dubbed this our comfy, cozy Christmas, and it’s turning out to be sublime.

The past several days have looked about the same for us: I work at the hotel cafe on the corner and return home for meals. Cayla cooks outrageously good soup, keeps house, and hosts guests in our home.

It’s a simple life right now, and I think that’s exactly what we needed.

GOD—our Immanuel—and his “with-us-ness” is revealed in the quiet corners of our little home; taste-testing teas, interactions with beggars in our street, boiling the germs out of toothbrushes, drying clothes near a propane heater—GOD’s mercies seem extra-evident right now, and I’m thankful for that!

My prayer for our family moving into 2013 is that we would make GOD our home and our place of safety. We have a lot of travel coming up—some of which is to places generally deemed ‘unsafe’—but our ultimate refuge isn’t in guns, guards, or governments, it’s in GOD.

May I come to believe that. I want to be able to say the same thing David did back in the day:

“But I’m in the very presence of God—
oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord God my home.
God, I’m telling the world what you do!

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