“Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!” After living more than a dozen years of her life in Asia, our oldest child, Hannah, began university in the US. We celebrated her eighteenth birthday together, we toured her college campus, prayed, cried, and took one last photo under the trees that would be her new “home”. Then our family, now minus one, flew away.
Life in London was a big transition for me. Our family dynamics had changed, we went from tropical weather in Thailand to the cold wetness of England and from a town surrounded by mountains to a city we accessed by the Underground. There was a noticeable difference in culture too, including how people interacted. But I have learned from experience that in the midst of change, there is great comfort in the God of the Bible who not only does not change, but is here, wherever “here” is.
Listening to the London rain, I read this praise song to God in Psalm 113, and thought about how there was once a time when the sun did not set on the British Empire. Yet, no matter where in the world we go, and no matter where the sun is in its rotation (from its rising to its setting), the Lord is to be praised. Let’s pray hard for London, now home to people from almost every nation. May the city hear and rejoice in the good news of Jesus, and in many languages, bless the name of the Lord forevermore! “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!”