Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Hermit's Cell


"In the world ye shall have tribulation."
Lord Jesus, Thou saidst it of old.
There dark are the desolate mountains,
The night winds are cold.
But safe from the storm and the tempest.
My soul hath a cell;
There ever, beside the still waters,
With Jesus I dwell.
There, hushed from the strife and the sorrow,
Alone and apart.
In chambers of peace and of stillness-
That Home is His Heart.
-Gerhard Tersteegen

(St. Jerome, who lived as a hermit near Bethlehem, depicted in his study being visited by two angels. Despite much loneliness and trials, he translated the Bible into Latin.)

I learned that the word hermit comes from the Latin ĕrēmīta, the latinisation of the Greek ρημίτης (erēmitēs), "of the desert", which in turn comes from ρημος (erēmos), signifying "desert", "uninhabited", "desert-dweller."

In a spiritual sense, aren't we also "hermits"? --united with Christ and separated from the world. Yes, we might face difficulties and loneliness in this unbelieving world but thankfully, we have this special inner cell in our soul!