Pivot

MARKING LOSS : a litany of lament

REV MICHAELA YOUNGON Past President of the Conference and Chair of the London District

 

We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

Day followed night, every week had a Sunday

and that was the day for church.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

We made our plans, held our meetings,

kept the roof on the church and the show on the road.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

We thought we knew how the world was meant to be.

We would see colleagues, friends and loved ones again,
and we would embrace, laugh and share stories as we always have.

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

 

And now, we know something new.

We know that the world is not ours to control,

and that our plans are confounded by the smallest microbe.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

And now, we know something new.

We know that church is not committees, agendas and buildings,

it is us, in homes, streets, hospitals throughout the world.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

And now, we know something new.

We only have today with those we love, today is the day

to say, ‘I love you’, to mend an argument, to hold on tight.

God is teaching us a new song, for a new land.

 

© Michaela Youngson,

from Beyond Exile, a service for the opening up of buildings for public worship

 

Reprinted with permission, and with acknowledgements to the Methodist Church magazine ‘the connexion’


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