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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 05:07:06 -0800 (PST)
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross

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COLUMN: LIVING THE FAITH

A Special Home
 by Richard Mansel, managing editor

Drew remembered the crash and the horrific screams of
his parents before they died. He fought with all of his
energy to force open the back window, so he could
escape.

Every ounce of his body hurt but his heart carried the
deeper wound. He was an orphan now without any family
to call his own.

Twelve year-old Drew was lost in the snow and he was
terrified. The temperature was dropping and the snow
seemed to be getting worse. He wrapped his thin coat
tighter around his body and wondered what would become
of him.

Staggering forward, he stepped into the deepening snow
and fell hard on his right side. He lay there a moment
before he could get back up. Continuing to move
forward, his stomach rumbled and his legs wavered. He
wondered how much strength remained in his tank.

Wiping snow from his eyes, he saw a flicker of light
ahead. Adrenaline propelled him through the blowing
snow. The light grew brighter as he moved forward. His
body screamed with fatigue but he kept putting one foot
before the other. Soon a large house with yellow lights
streaming from the windows appeared on the horizon.

Filled with hope, he moved forward, stepping on a rock
and twisting his ankle, sending him back onto the
frozen ground. He was unable to rise again, defeated at
the doorstep of rescue. Tears began to flow because
death was becoming a reality.

Through the wind, he heard a sound and saw a black
shape coming toward him. It was a man and he was asking
Drew if he was hurt. Gently, he lifted Drew and carried
him to safety.

Drew relaxed in the man's arms, well past exhaustion.
Soon, he was indoors before a fire, wrapped in blankets
and drinking hot tea. The inhabitants of the home were
helpful, friendly and loving. Drew felt like he had
found heaven.

After he slept, they inquired of his situation and
expertly nursed him back to health. Drew soon learned
that he was welcome to stay as long as he wanted at the
mansion. Having lost all of his family, he was told
that he had a new one.

Two days later, Drew was shocked to learn how true that
was. The head of the household told him that he had the
option of becoming a part of the family with full
privileges. He was shocked, but accepted it since he
had nowhere else to go.

He settled back into the most comfortable bed he had
ever seen and realized he was home.


Galatians 4:1-7 tells the same story about each of us.
We were lost in the horrid elements of the world
without home or hope. Yet, God took us into his family
and made us his children (Ephesians 2:19; Acts 2:38;
Acts 22:16).

We now wear a new name, basking in extraordinary
blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Knowing we can have all of
the joy of a safe haven, why would we choose to perish
in the cold, lost and alone?

Why not enter the warmth and comfort of God's home, the
church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Galatians 3:27). Why not
come home, today? 

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