Build this our nation together
Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)
O God of all creation, build this our nation of Kenya. Unless the Lord builds our nation, all our efforts will be in vain. Our nation is currently being rundown by corruption from the ruling class, apathy from the middle class and hopelessness from the poor. At the same time each category is trying to build a safe cocoon for themselves, individual mostly, from the effects of the decisions of the others. However, simple logic tells us that is a journey in futility. We are one, our decisions affect each other.
That’s why we sing and pray in the Kenya National Anthem, that let one and all arise, in one accord, in common bond united and let us build this our nation together! Not selfishly, not individually, but together. And the beginning of that journey is to acknowledge that unless God builds this nation for us, all our labour will be in vain; unless God watches over our nation, all our defense plans fall flat. God builds, God sustains and we must chose to work with Him to build our nation of Kenya.
O God of all creation, build this our nation of Kenya. Build and protect our nation. Honestly Father, we have tried and all our efforts have been in vain; at worst they have served our selfish ambitions leaving a large mass of citizens out in the cold. Our efforts have resulted in destruction of the environment and this does not honor you. Father, forgive us and help us one and all to arise in common bond united and together with you build this our nation of Kenya: the people, the values and the land. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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