Wednesday, July 9, 2014

"A New Road"


Art: "A New Command"

Edoda, my people fought and warred
They tried to defend and survive
Because they were warriors

But they weren't strong enough
Others came who could fight better
And my people could not withstand them

Yet the shedding of enemy blood in the past
The victories and the outwitting of foes
Are still celebrated and rejoiced in today

And today my people still give the greatest honor
To the courage of the warrior
To the sacrifice of the veteran

I appreciate them too, Edoda
I am inspired by their selflessness
I never want to speak lightly of them

But Edoda, I can't dance with a weapon
For You taught me a new way, a new command:
You sacrificed Yourself so that we wouldn't have to!

War is part of all of my heritages, Yowah
I was enthralled with its ways until I heard Your heart
Now I can carry in my heart the war club no longer

Wado! We need Your peace, Tsisa!
Our land has had too much blood shed on it
And our people have had enough trauma

Speak Your way of peace to us
Move us to put down our war clubs
Cause us to hear the drumbeat of Your heart

Teach us to bless and become peacemakers
Teach us to love our enemies
Lead us on Your new road

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I was chatting with Kenneth Wallace (of Kingdom Reflections) last night and that led me to start writing this poem above. But before I even started, he said he could hear a hand drum. As I wrote the poem, he started to get a song, used some of the words from the end of what I wrote, and made the quick recording below. Check it out! (Man, I would love to get this professionally recorded and sung all over the place!)


"A New Road" (by Kenneth Wallace)

Speak Your way of peace to us, Lord
Speak Your way of peace to us, Lord
Teach us to bless and become peacemakers
Teach us to love our enemies
Lead us down on Your new way, Lord
Move us to put down our weapons of war

Heya-heya-yah, Put down the weapons
Heya-heya-yah, the weapons of war
Heya-heya-yah, Put down the weapons
Heya-heya-yah, I will learn them no more

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