Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited”.



Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons

Beckons my soul from deep

Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing

Longing—intense yearning, reminiscing for a place

A place I’ve never been but somehow

Somehow I know

I know it’s home

Home before I was born

Born into this displaced world

World of sickness and suffering and death

Death that’s foreign to my soul

Soul born to live

To live for forever

Forever, now irretrievably lost, so

So deep—it echoes, ricochets off the walls of my soul

My soul yearning for home, calling

Calling deep unto deep, the roar of Your waterfalls sweep

Sweep over me, the depth of my soul opens

Opens up and drinks, for I thirst

I thirst for Your presence Oh …

Oh God, like a deer panting

Panting for streams of waters I thirst

I thirst for You

You, Oh God, You are my home

After-word: How can you be homesick and nostalgic for a place you’ve never been? Because God built a desire for Himself in our souls—our very DNA yearns for Him. And the deep of our need inherently calls unto the deep of His fullness; and vice-a-versa, the deep of His fullness calls unto the deep of our need. Between our emptiness and God’s all-sufficiency there is a great divide and so deep calleth unto deep—our souls cry: hiraeth (Psalm 42:7).

Shabbat Shalom. May you find completeness in the deep mercy of God’s fullness.

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20 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

    1. Thanks for the follow Brad and for reading and listening. I didn’t know the word until I found it in a prompt and then wrote that piece based on it. It was powerful to know that in that one word so much emotion is captured. Appreciate your stopping by. Cheers, Dee

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  1. nola

    Lovely poem…..this world has become such a place….there is a sense of spiraling down….things are wrapping up and we have to desire home….desire it…..the desire will motivate us to have God make us ready.
    Blessings darling. I do not get to follow all the time but my heart remains solidly with you!!

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    1. Thank you dear Nola. You fully understand this yearning for home. Yes the more this world unravels the more my soul cries for home. Thanks for stopping by and making your usual thoughtful and insightful comments. I appreciate you. Dee


    1. Thank you Michele. I was moved by the word hiraeth and the inability of the entire English lexicon to truly/fully interpret and express its meaning. The same way the entire breadth of this world’s experiences cannot fulfill my desire for heaven, a place I’ve never even been. 💕

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