And our homeland of Kenya
Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change (James 1:17)
O God of all creation, thank you for the good gift that is our homeland Kenya. I don’t know how many of us have ever reflected on our homeland Kenya as a gift, a gift from God? Or do we just feel entitled to this nation we call our home? How about those who treat it as an option? If things don’t work here I can always move to another part of the world ??.
What would happen if every time we sang the Kenya National Anthem specifically this line about our homeland of Kenya gratitude to God for the gift of a home would ooze from our hearts? The translation would be amazing. We would consciously take care of this gift. Simple but significantly negative behavior when compounded would be a thing of the past. Am talking about issues like dumping garbage out of moving cars, into drainage systems, misusing water and electricity, deforestation. One of the worst if not the worst forms of violence against our homeland is silence, yes silence. When we stand in silence and watch others abuse the gift that is our homeland in a myriad of ways, we are in essence participating in their crimes.
Our homeland of Kenya is a gift, let us treasure it and treat it as such.
O God of all creation, thank you for the gift of our homeland Kenya. I confess that we have been callous in how we have treated this gift: both with our actions and our silence. O God you whose property is to have mercy, have mercy upon us. Forgive us for abusing our homeland and help us henceforth to make step by step, day by day conscious decisions in our actions and words to portray to you our gratitude for this our homeland of Kenya. In Jesus Name, Amen!