By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? Psalm 137:1-6
Adventures unanticipated, endeavors unconceived, a strange city, a new job, a different school, an unmet people….
We have all weathered change, some minor, some major, in our lives. Change can be a fearsome and fearful experience, filled with an uneasy sense of anticipation and hope as well as acute sadness and loss. Change means embracing, but also letting go. Most importantly, things change as we change.
The future we face must be met with love, with trust, and with faith; the past we leave behind must be cherished, and remembered, and a source of wise counsel. In the turn from what has been to what is to come, we look to God for strength, guidance, protection, and comfort. The new and strange we move toward is a test of our reliance on the something more than ourselves. And so we ask: “How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?”
Move with Faith. Let the edges of the unfamiliar be softened by sure Trust. Envelope what is to come in the Love that knows no limit and in the Light that allows no darkness. You are held in the hand of God. Never doubt that Mercy and Grace. And sing in your heart the song only the Spirit hears, and the Angels will join in chorus.