How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? Psalm 137:4
We have lived in this strange world of COVID19 for a year now and I have come to a new appreciation of what it meant for Israel to be taken to Babylon. While, like the Israelites, we have learned to sing the Lord’s song in this strange land, still, we mourn. We miss the places where we gathered to sing the Lord’s song before. But, as they sat down and wept and remembered in a foreign land, we like them, have learned that God is with us wherever life takes us.
So, while I count the things I miss – in-person worship, communion, greeting one another, sharing God’s peace – and, knowing that sense of “being the church together” can’t fully be replicated online, I’m reminded of the childhood finger play,“This is the church, this is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people.” Only now, with faith and imagination, I say, “This is the church without building or steeple, open your heart and see all the people.” The Church continues because Jesus continues – “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being unchanging in the midst of our challenged and changing world. In this time when we feel as though we live in exile, help us to hold fast to our faith. Amen
Deaconess Carole Ford, Owosso, MI