Magazine article The Christian Century

In a Foreign Place. (from the Editor/publisher)

Magazine article The Christian Century

In a Foreign Place. (from the Editor/publisher)

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IT'S A CLICHE to observe that since September 11 we are living in a different world, that everything seems different now. But it is true. I heard Harvard's Peter Gomes say recently that things sound different now. Phrases read and spoken for thousands of years suddenly sound immediate, as if they were written last week for us. The weekly reading of the Psalter in worship, an experience that for many people is simply endured, and doesn't offer much intellectual engagement, suddenly became very relevant, according to one regular worshiper at Harvard's Memorial Church. That's been my experience as well.

"The Lord is my shepherd ... even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil...." "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord hear my voice! ... By the rivers of Babylon--there we sat down and wept ... How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" As I read those words now, I hear them differently. They feel as if they have been written for us, in this new world--this foreign place.

I have pondered particularly the words of Jesus about loving enemies and what they have to do with the war President Bush has declared on terrorism and the bombs the U. …

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