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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Welcome to Voices-only Wednesday — Jet Lag Edition.
We scour the Internet to bring you the best a cappella videos we can find.
This week’s selections come to you from Bratislava, the capital of the Central European nation of Slovakia. I’m here for a brief stopover en route to Ukraine, where I plan to speak with Christians exiled from their homes in the eastern part of that nation due to the recent conflict.
I’m also learning about Churches of Christ here in Bratislava — once the westernmost edge of the Iron Curtain. (Vienna, Austria, is about an hour from here.) More on that later.
And I’m not sleeping . It’s hard to describe the feeling of utter exhaustion combined with nerves and the sensation of your body telling you that you can’t sleep because it’s only 5 in the afternoon, despite the clock’s insistence that it’s midnight.
That also means it’s Wednesday here, so …
First up is a request from one of our Facebook fans for the classic hymn “This World is Not My Home.” It’s a therapeutic reminder of who we are and whose we are — especially for those of us sleepless in Bratislava.
Here’s a traditional version — lyrics included.
And here’s an uplifting rendition by vocal group New Day from a youth group event in Newark, N.J., a few years ago.
Another of our Facebook fans messaged us with a video posted by Christy-Lyn, a musician and vocalist from Cape Town, South Africa. Here’s her voices-only (actually one voice, three times) version of “Down in the River to Pray.”
Finally, here’s Earl Washington leading a spirited version of “Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord” for the Harlem Church of Christ in New York.
Wherever you are — and whatever day it is — be blessed!
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