Sunday, April 24, 2016

Run On, Sojourners

I have moved around quite a bit in my lifetime (i.e. relocated due to job changes and other situations). And, because of that, I have often felt like I don’t really belong anywhere. Like I’m an outsider. Like I have no place to really call my home. But, I love this song (below) by Buddy Greene that reminds me this world is not really my home anyway. I am a sojourner here, and I’m only running this race for a little while. 

The word of the week is SOJOURN
: a period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest
Let me encourage you to carry on, fellow sojourners. The Lord is with us and will help us finish the race set before us. All of the fighting, all of the immorality, all of the sickness, and all of the struggles of this world are only temporary. Someday, it will all be made right when we, as Believers in Christ, reach our home in Heaven. Until then, persevere. Allow the Lord to help you through the difficult times, and continue being lights shining in the darkness.

Click on the song title to see/hear Buddy Greene sing this song.

I DON'T BELONG (SOJOURNER’S SONG)
Words by Gloria Gaither, Music by Buddy Greene

It's not home
Where men sell their souls
And the taste of power is sweet
Where wrong is right
And neighbors fight
While the hungry are dyin' in the streets
Where kids are abused
And women are used
And the weak are crushed by the strong
Nations gone mad
Jesus is sad
And I don't belong

Chorus:
I don't belong
And I'm going someday
Home to my own native land
I don't belong
And it seems like I hear
The sound of a "welcome home" band
I don't belong
I'm a foreigner here
Singing a sojourner's song
I've always known
This place ain't home
And I don't belong

Don't belong
But while I'm here
I'll be living like I've nothin' to lose
And while I breathe
I'll just believe
My Lord is gonna see me through
I'll not be deceived
By earth's make-believe
I'll close my ears to her siren song
By praisin' His name, I'm not ashamed
'Cause I don't belong

Repeat Chorus

I belong
To a kingdom of peace
Where only love is the law
Where children lead
And captives are freed
And God becomes a baby on the straw
Where dead men live
And rich men give
Their kingdoms to buy back a song
Where sinners like me
Become royalty
And we'll all belong

Yes I belong
And I'm going someday
Home to my own native land
Where I'll belong
And it seems like I hear
The sound of a "welcome home" band
Yes, I'll belong
No foreigner there
Singin' a sojourner's song
I've always known
I'm going home
Where I belong
Yes I've always known
This place ain't home
And I don't belong

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