How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Strange Land?


Our theme for this last week at the House of Bishops comes from Psalm 137:4, “How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”

Individuals have shared deeply and transparently of their own “strange lands”, and in the midst of it have learned how to sing the Lord’s song.

For some, the “strange land” has been unfamiliar territory and for others, it has been a completely new culture. For others yet, it has been living into a new role and the dynamics of the relationships that come with it.

Our Biblical narrative is filled with stories of life in a “strange land”. From the Exodus to the Ascension, our sacred story describes over and over again those who find themselves in a place of unfamiliarity.

Amidst all these tales of being displaced, are incredible stories of invitation and hospitality. Everyone from inn keepers to strangers on the road, time and time again someone appears like Moses, to walk with folks to a better space.

In a world that often feels strange or isolating, we sometimes feel that we’re out of sync with our calling. Our calling as inheritors of the Sacred story is to follow in the Way of Jesus, to walk with those who feel lost, alone, and on the margins.

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