When Israel was in Egypt’s land…

Posted on April 4, 2008 by ELCA World Hunger

When Israel was in Egypt’s land…Let My people go!
Oppressed so hard they could not stand….Let My people go!
Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s land; Tell old Pharaoh to let My people go!
No more shall they in bondage toil…Let them come out with Egypt’s spoil
Oh, let us all from bondage flee…And let us all in Christ be free
You need not always weep and mourn…And wear these slav’ry chains forlorn
Your foes shall not before you stand…And you’ll possess fair Canaan’s land

Let My people go!

Clergy in Illinois have grown concerned that immigrants in detention in our state don’t have adequate access to spiritual and pastoral counseling. You can find an article from the Chicago Tribune about this matter here.

This morning before work, I went with my pastor and some folks from several other Chicago-area churches and synogogues to a prayer vigil outside the immigrant detention center in Broadview, Illinois. As we sang the spiritual Let My People Go, we saw the detainee transport busses pulling into the center…and as we were leaving, we saw officers loading chains and shackles into the trunks of their cars, getting ready for the day. That was hard to watch.

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