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Our God was a refugee

Added 4th September 2017

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Our God was a refugee,
one who flees to find their safety.
Our God was as a hunted child,
once exiled from home and country.
Our God wasn’t welcomed home
by those he’d known as friends and neighbours,
with nowhere to lay his head,
and forced to tread through many dangers.
 
But our God is a fortress strong
and a home for the orphaned one
and our hope for the day to come.

 
Our God was a man of grief
who came with peace but met suspicion
from those in the seats of power
who hide their fear behind religion.
The crowds that had once embraced him
turned their face from his affliction,
and, carrying a mark of shame,
he bore the pain of his rejection.
 
Our God knew a lonely death,
his final breath an act of mercy,
for heavy upon that cross
was every curse of hate and cruelty.
They left him inside a grave
but he was raised in life and glory,
now shining with hope for those
who share the sorrows of his story.
 
For our God is a fortress strong
and a home for the orphaned one
and our hope for the day to come.

 
 

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Thank you for posting this. That takes courage, and such risks, I think, deserve a kind of honor. It's funny to me that a song like this would pose the question of shareability, of usefulness in gathered worship contexts. Given the Psalms, for instance, expressing honest responses to the trials and injustices of the world does not seem out of place in corporate worship--so long as it turns itself toward trust and faith and hope, which emphasis stands out starkly and splendidly in this song, made more beautiful by its heartfelt honesty. I submit that there ought to be a place for expressions like this in church gatherings--even if not as participatory songs: perhaps it is enough to listen, reflect, and respond alongside the lyrics, if not through them by singing along. If there were any critique to offer about this song, it might lie in a discussion of choosing "God" instead of "Lord," considering the implications for Trinitarian thought and the degree to which the wording emphasizes or de-emphasizes the person of Jesus. But that quibbling aside, this song is the kind of prophetically oriented work that, I believe, the church in our age desperately needs. Keep on, Joel.
Joshua Eno at 11:59 on 9th September 2017