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Friday, December 19, 2008

Christ In the Stranger's Guise

I heard a classical composition on Nebraska Public Radio while doing some household chores this morning which had been based on a Scottish poem-prayer called Christ in the Stranger's Guise. I searched for it on YouTube intending to share it here with you, but without the artist's name, came up short. So I did the next-best thing and am posting Dougie MacLean's Caledonia, a love song to Scotland. It is touching to watch the Scots singing along with Dougie and to see their obvious unfeigned love of their home. With whiskey, golf, William Wallace and Bobbie Burns, what's not to love?

Perhaps if we Americans were to become a land which knows the wisdom of "Christ in the guise of a stranger", we would not be so besotten with the idea of finding devils in strangers.

I met a stranger yest're'een;
I put food in the eating place,
Drink in the drinking place,
Music in the listening place;
And, in the sacred name of the Triune,
He blessed myself and my house.
My cattle and my dear ones -

And the lark said in her song,
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stanger's guise;
Often, often, often,
Goes the Christ in the stranger's guise.

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