Abraham Journeyed to a Far Country

"Abraham Journeyed to a Far Country" is a new hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette that focuses on issues related to immigration. Find the hymn with the music (thanks to David Gambrell).

The hymn notes say:

Throughout the Bible, we see stories of immigrants—people called to settle in new lands and begin new lives for a variety of reasons, people who trusted in God’s protection along the way.  Abraham and Sarah heard God’s promise of a new land.  Exodus is the story of God’s people being led from slavery to the freedom of the Promised Land.  Later, Ruth went with Naomi, her mother-in-law, because her love of family led her to take risks and leave the home she knew for a new home.  Jesus himself was a refugee in Egypt when his parents had to flee from Herod for his safety.   Jesus taught that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbors; these neighbors include foreigners (Luke 10:25-37 with references to Leviticus 19:18, 33-34).  He also taught that all people will be judged on their compassion for those in need and their welcome of strangers (Matthew 25:31-46).  Today, people are immigrants for many of the same reasons that these biblical people were.  The Church is called to follow the Bible’s teachings by welcoming and supporting immigrants today. 

Learn more about the work of the Presbyterian Church's Office on Immigration and the action taken by the 219th General Assembly (2010).

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