One of my favorite hymns as of late, based on lyrics and the melody, is “All Are Welcome” which you may recognize by its first few lines: “Let us build a house where love can dwell/ And all can safely live/ A place where saints and children tell/ How hearts learn to forgive…”
We sang this song during communion at church last week and the second verse really struck me. It speaks of us being called to be prophets and the positive change that can come about by the hope given to us by God and the promise of God’s kingdom. Those themes have been central to how I have been processing through my latest transition, coming back home from Palestine and now heading off to Seminary. I’ve become quite an idealist, but I would claim it merely the hope God has given me that God has a plan for love, justice, and peace.
If you have a chance, look up “All Are Welcome” on YouTube and have a listen. Take note of the second verse, which really touches my heart. I do believe that, no matter what the brokenness of this world throws at us, God will restore us and all Creation. Therein my hope lies.
Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God’s children dare to seek
To dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And as symbol of God’s grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, All are welcome,
All are welcome in this place.