Shalom [a multilingual worship song for Clarkston and beyond]

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Every year, the Clarkston Area Ministry Association, which Proskuneo helps to coordinate, dedicates one week to 24-7 prayer. This year, the theme is Jeremiah 29:7. The NET Bible says: “Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the LORD for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.”

Our city is Clarkston, GA, a town where refugees from all over the world have been resettled. For many of my friends, this town was not something they chose. But, they are here now, and I am so glad. We are a beautifully diverse city, which I love! There are 60+ languages spoken in a 1.5 mile radius.

As I was meditating on Jeremiah 29:7, a song started bubbling inside me. I reached out to my Clarkston  friends to help me with translations of the word “peace” in various different languages of Clarkston- like Somali, Nepali, English, and Arabic which are in the song. (I got the word “peace” in several Burmese languages as well, and I may insert some of those when I sing the song…)

Tonight, I will lead this song at the opening service for our prayer week. Please join us in praying for God’s peace to come to Clarkston, and to the city where you live as well.

Shalom [PDF of lyrics and chords]

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