|A coastal ballad|
|Written by Scott Hampton|
Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants. (Isaiah 42:10)
Isaiah speaks about a song to be sung among the nations; a song for the highlands and for the coastlands; a song of glory and praise to the God of heaven and earth.
Off the coast of Africa lies a tiny tropical island surrounded by azure waters, crowned by mist-shrouded volcanic peaks. In this environment there is seldom scarcity or famine due to the abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables and an endless harvest from the sea. An ideal location with an ideal climate! Almost paradise except for one thing – very few, if any, are singing of God’s glory.
However, into this beautiful broken paradise a new song has begun to be heard through the lives of a special group of people, who have left homeland and family to join in God’s chorus among the nations.
Last November eleven new workers from three different countries converged on this tiny island nation to join their team leader and his family, along with two other long-term workers, in singing God’s glory where His praise has yet to be heard.
Despite the darkness in this land, or maybe because of it, the local community went out of their way to welcome their new neighbours – the long-awaited strangers. A host of islanders were awaiting the team at the airport, with flowered necklaces and warm smiles ready to escort their new friends to the village. Upon arrival in the village the celebration really began, with local dance and song to further welcome the new neighbours from abroad.
Indeed the singing has begun and, by the grace of God, it will continue and grow into a chorus of praise to God the Father and Jesus Christ His Son!