Wednesday 13 May

Thought for the day from Kate Massey

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Psalm 137:4 (KJV)

One thing the Prime Minister’s statement made abundantly clear is that it is going to be a while until life returns to even a vestige of normal.  In the grief of this realisation, my cry echoes that of God’s people in exile: how shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? How is it possible to be the Church we long to be, the disciples we seek to be, the family or friends we ache to be in these strange circumstances?

Yet, thinking of the exiles, I am reminded of Jeremiah’s letter to them (Jer 29:4-14).  In summary he advises them to make a home in these circumstances. He goes on to advise them to pray for the prosperity of all, trust God’s goodness and know that this won’t be forever.

Even the worst-case predictions suggest that, unlike those exiles, we are looking at months rather than decades of disruption and dislocation.  But how might we, like the exiles, “make a home in these circumstances”?  As we settle in for the longer haul, how might we, however tentatively, still sing the Lord’s song?

For those who would like to think more about the example of Exile and what it might offer us today, you may wish to look at the DTP blog

Kate Massey is the Dean of Women's Ministry and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

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