Now, I have an addition to it that says, "ô Jésus, couvre ce pays de ta gloire". It was part of a chorus we sang one Sunday that means (in my translation), "Jesus, cover this country with your glory!"
This Sunday Dave and I were singing songs in French (like we do every Sunday), and then all of a sudden the church began singing a chorus in English, and instantly I cried.
It wasn't of sadness...I was overcome with how powerful a moment it was to be able to sing in French with our French brothers and sisters in their language and then hear them sing it in the language of my birth.
I was reminded in that moment of how connected we are, even though we feel worlds apart. I was also reminded of the deep yearning we have to connect churches in America to the church in France. We are all worshiping together, we are all doing God's work together, we are all being Jesus together. And even though we feel separated, we are not in God's eyes!!
This weekend really solidified for Dave and I something we've been praying about, a passion of ours, before we left and since we've been here: to have a clear direction for how we can come around this community of faith in Montpellier and Didier and Shannon.
It's the passion to intimately connect our American Brothers and Sisters with our French ones.
Because friends, in a dark place like France, it is easy to feel isolated and feel that you're doing God's work alone. Sing with us:
"ô Jésus, couvre ce pays de ta gloire"
"Jesus, cover this country with your glory!