Day 40 Devotional & Discussion – March 26, 2016

Not Welcome Here (Words and Music By Brian McLaren)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo5j-Y9hiw8&feature=youtu.be

A couple showed up last Sunday at church

They hoped we could help in their spiritual search

Their marriage is legal but our leaders say

It’s morally wrong so they sent them away and said …

Not welcome here, Not welcome here.

We have our beliefs to which we adhere

It’s a dangerous world. There’s much we should fear

So people like you are not welcome here.

A family showed up at border control

“We want our kids to be safe,” they said. “That is our goal.

We’re homeless and hungry and frightened and poor

And our country is ravaged by hatred and war.” We said

Not welcome here, not welcome here

How do we know if you are sincere?

It’s a dangerous world. There’s much we should fear

So people like you are not welcome here.

A couple rode in from some other town.

The woman was pregnant. They both looked worn down.

You know how things are. What else could I say?

I shut the door tight and sent them away.

Not welcome here. Not welcome here.

You know times are tough. Please don’t interfere.

It’s a dangerous world. There’s much we should fear.

So people like you are not welcome here.

Sometimes I wonder how it would be

If the tables were turned and instead it was me

A different religion or color of skin

A refugee hoping to be welcomed in …

You’re welcome here. You’re welcome here.

You’re safe here with us. You have nothing to fear.

It’s a dangerous world, but be of good cheer.

There’s a place here for you, and you’re welcome here.

 Questions for Reflection:

  1. Who is welcomed easily in our church? Who is most likely not to be received openly?
  2. What would have to change to ensure that the door was opened to welcome everyone?
  3. How much have you saved throughout Lent from your fast from the “comforts of home”?  Bring your gift to Easter Sunday to say “welcome” to a refugee family.
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One comment

  1. Bruce, I have thought often during this Lenten compact of what James wrote in his epistle about the people in the church who were not welcoming of others who were different, less educated, financially insecure, homeless or bordering on homelessness, etc. How timely James writings are for today’s world!

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