“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes.”
~ Madeleine L’Engle
Like what the quote says, we are all strangers in a strange land, like visitors to this place and we are just passing through as we are here to observe, learn, grow and love, according to an Australian Aborigine proverb.
The poetry of the expression in the quote reminds me of John O’Donohue’s expression of our innate longing and belonging (to an eternal home/source/Divine/another world).
“It is strange to be here. The mystery never leaves you alone. Behind your image, below your words, above your thoughts, the silence of another world waits. A world lives within you. No one else can bring you news of this inner world”
– John O’Donohue
I also learnt that the quote by Madeleine L’Engle was taken from her book “The Rock that is higher“.
“Story captures our hearts and feeds our imaginations. It reminds us who we are and where we came from. Story gives meaning and direction to our lives as we learn to see it as an affirmation of God’s love and truth–an acknowledgment of our longing for a rock in the midst of life’s wilderness.
Drawing upon her own experiences, well-known tales in literature, and selected narratives from Scripture, Madeleine L’Engle gently leads the way into the glorious world of story in The Rock That Is Higher. Here she acknowledges universal human longings and considers how literature, Scripture, personal stories, and life experiences all point us toward our true home.”