my thoughts go out to all living far from home, in the diaspora!
Daniel prayed in the diaspora; “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
Diaspora – the movement of people from one place to another. An estimated 230 million people currently live outside their country of origin.
When Solomon prays to dedicate the temple, he prays for foreigners who come to Jerusalem to pray as well as for Jewish exiles who are scattered to other nations.
In 2nd Chronicles 6:33 he prays: “Hear from heaven your dwelling place and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to you, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and that they may know that this house that I have built is called by your name.”
J. Rosen shares of the Jewish diaspora. The Talmud offered a virtual home and refuge for an uprooted culture, and grew out of the Jewish need to pack civilization into words and wander out into the world. The Talmud became essential for Jewish survival once the Temple – God’s pre-Talmud home – was destroyed. J. Rosen.
In the diaspora, far more was developed then words and prayer. In the music coming out the of the African diaspora, there is frequent use of the “Ostinato”, a short, determined, repeating melodic phrase often even at the same pitch. In 12 “Years a Slave” the song, Roll Jordan Roll was so beautifully done, as an example of a “spiritual” of the diaspora. The Jordan is a reference to the River Jordan, which in Biblical tradition the Israelites crossed to enter the Promised Land. As such, by crossing the Jordan River, the singers are expected to be able to set down their burdens and live life without trouble.
Mother Theresa in a God chosen diaspora had a wonderful prayer to deal with all possibly hard situations she faced in the diaspora:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
Wishing you a great week, especially if you are far from home!