"The dearest spot on earth"

Everyone wants a home, yet many have no place to live. Is there a spiritual answer to homelessness?

Almost daily, newspapers and magazines dramatize the plight of the homeless worldwide, and television gives graphic portrayals of how and where they live. Population shifts and other events such as economic hardships, government repression, drought, or floods have created a new class of seemingly permanent homeless. All of them are looking for some kind of shelter or refuge until a home of their own can be found.

Surely, many feel compassion for the homeless and a desire to assist in some way. Humanitarian efforts help and are vitally needed. But the apparently insolvable nature of the problem impels us to look deeper into the whole question of what home really is—what establishes it and where we can find a home that cannot be taken from us.

November 5, 1990
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