Posted by R. Berg on October 15, 2003
In Reply to: In Remarks by the US President Bush on the Loss of Space Shuttle Columbia posted by sphinx on October 15, 2003
: In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."
: (What are hosts? Could you explain this short passage?)
: The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.
: (What does 'home' mean? IS it a adjective? What does this suggest?)
The definition of "host" that applies here is "a great number." The passage means "Look at the sky. Who created everything in it? God, who lights each of the many stars and knows its name. He is so powerful that he keeps every star in place."
"Home" means "in heaven." President Bush was speaking from the Christian tradition in which a person is thought to come from God before birth and to return to God (one hopes) after death. "Home" in his sentence is an adjective but is used almost as an adverb. People also say that someone is "at home."