Explode With Praise, Japan: Part 1

A Four Part Devo adapted from the lyrics of “Explode My Soul”, by David and Melissa Helser

Part 1: Temporary Housing

Let me set the stage:

A small community in rural Japan.  Untouched by the tsunami but effected by the hundreds of new residents who’ve moved in. A different culture. A different dialect. Rumors that they’ve been contaminated. Some people say they carry high levels of radiation and mothers don’t want their children by them. Schools don’t know what to do with them. The youngest of the pilgrims are bullied and the oldest find it difficult to start new work.

Now listen, let your heart be still and hear the cry of thousands of Japanese who had to flee. They’ve been living in steel boxes, many of them, and have little if any hope of ever returning home. As they lay down together, closely knit, some sharing a futon or huddled under the same duvet, they pray to a nameless God,

Whisper my name, so only I can hear
Call to my heart, chase away my fears
Stand up in this place, fight for the one you love
Won’t you come surround me, so I can rise above

Many, most of them don’t know to find refuge in the Father. So we pray for them:

Whisper their name, Jesus, so intimately each one would hear. 

Call to their hearts, Father, that your love would chase away their fears. 

Fear of death, fear of life, fear of  being left alone…

Stand up in this region, Jesus, fight for the ones you love. 

You will come, Holy Spirit, and surround them so they can rise above

depression, suicide, hopelessness and apathy. 

Surround your lost children so they can rise above. 

To listen to the song, follow the link

Explode My Soul

Stay tuned for the rest of the “Explode with Praise” series this week. 


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