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Refugee Each of Us

232. Refugee Each Of Us

We have passed the time in the church year where they commemorate Jesus and Mary and Joseph fleeing to Egypt. But as we approach spring, we may be coming to the time when immigration is a political issue. But really all of it is about feeling like a stranger and wanting to be welcomed. I wrote this song because it seemed to me that at one time or another in each of our lives, we are the refugee and know within ourselves those feelings.

You can sing this to the tune “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” but also try reading as a poem. As you read, see if you can find yourself and your life experiences inside the poem.

Refugee Each of Us

We have wandered from our starting space,

Far from land where we were once bound,

Searching every day for a resting place,

For a spot where peace can be found.

Never quitting, no never giving up,

Looking always for freedom’s clear light.

Refugee each of us, wanting to know a welcoming,

Moving out of the dark of night.

Traveling through the desert wasteland,

Thirsting days and moments of fear,

Aching only to stand on solid ground,

Take a breath, feel air so clear.

Moving out of confusion, shakiness,

Wanting shackles we carry to fall,

Refugee each of us, hoping for love surrounding us,

Listening always for God’s clear call.

Tell the stories of Israelite people,

Tell the tale of Abraham too.

Then remember the Holy Family

As they fled for Egypt, so new.

They’re the ones who have gone before us,

They’re the ones who can show us the way.

Refugee each of us, faithful to trust in God alone,

Heading always for God’s new day.

Can be sung to #196 UMH – Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

© Copyright 2009 by Ann Freeman Price

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