Have you ever walked along and seen a face
that you know you've never seen before?
And yet, it brings you such a feeling
of warmth, love, and familiarity.
Have you ever stood in a crowd of people
not knowing one of them
and felt that you were in the presence
of someone very near and dear.
Have you ever looked up to a smiling face
knowing that you've never seen this face before?
And yet, that one smile found a place
so deep within you that your entire body shook
with the remembrance of it all.
Have you ever stood at a place so far away
that there was no one else around you?
You could almost detect a sense of sheer isolation
and yet, at this place, you found the comfort
of being with one so close to you.
Have you ever felt the touch of a stranger?
And yet, with one single touch
you knew that this hand had touched you
in places no one had ever been before.
Have you ever arrived at a place
where you know you've never been?
And yet, it feels so comfortable
that you feel like you've come home
to a place you've never been before.
Jesus walked into my life
and I felt every one of these feelings.
His smile was so familiar.
I saw us having walked many paths together.
His presence filled me with such a sense of peace.
There in the darkness,
I saw the most brilliant light.
There in the quiet,
I heard the most profound music.
There in the presence of a stranger,
I knew... I knew I'd come home.
To a place I had never been before.
God always stands ready to instantly welcome us home.
If you, like I, have found yourself at that point in life where you stand alone in this world, there is that stranger, the one with the gentle loving hands, who waits for the prodigal to come home.
And there we will find peace, joy, patience, love, mercy and a waiting room, in the house with many mansions....