Fill every heart with thanksgiving
Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22)
O God of all creation, fill our hearts with thanksgiving. This is the last line of the Kenyan National Anthem, the beautiful prayer that we sing many a times without paying much attention to the words therein. The glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour fill every heart with thanksgiving. Are our hearts as Kenyans filled with thanksgiving? Are we rejoicing always? Are we praying constantly?
Are we holding fast to what is good? Are we quenching the Spirit? Are we despising prophesy? Are we holding fast to what is good? Are we abstaining every from of evil?
It’s reflection time Kenyans, especially those of the household of faith. As we sing the Kenya National Anthem, let us never forget that we are praying to our God, the God of all creation. And every line we utter, every word in this anthem is directed to Him. He hears, He answers and may He fill our hearts with thanksgiving in all circumstances.
O God of all creation, thank you for the land of Kenya. Thank you for the people of Kenya. Thank you for the heritage of Kenya. Thank you Father for your mercy and kindness that you have continued to show to us despite our continued failure, outright disobedience and distancing from you. Father, have mercy on us and in that mercy through your Son Jesus Christ draw us back to Yourself. In Jesus Name, Amen!