A Foreign Land

In the beginning of August, my co-worker in our parish office, sitting right beside me, suffered a seizure. She was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Over the next few weeks, she fought hard to live, but God took her home about a month ago. I know that she is at peace now, and filled with joy at the sight of Jesus.

We worked side by side for 8 years. Front office. In the line of fire, so to speak. Both of us introverts. Both of us sensitive. Both of us conscientious.

Two peas in a pod some people called us. So true. So very true.

Now she’s gone. And I feel lost. Overwhelmed with grief. Overwhelmed with stress. I do not recognize my life these days. I feel like I have been walking in a strange land.

All I can think of is this line from Psalm 137 –

But how could we sing a song of the LORD in a foreign land? – Psalm 137:4

That is where I am – in a foreign land.

However, the fact that a line from a psalm is what comes to mind over and over again is encouraging. At least God is talking to me and I am listening.

And when I stop listening, God will get my attention and I will remember that I am not alone.

No matter what I am going though, God is with me. Whispering in my ear. Holding me up.

And helping me to sing a new song.

A song of the Lord – in a foreign land.


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4 Responses »

  1. Colleen, it’s so hard to lose a dear friend and companion. Only God can fill that emptiness, however He chooses to do so. I’ll pray for the soul of your fellow traveler and for you to bear the grief well.

  2. My heart-filled prayers with love.

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