If we could see the heart of this nation what might a spiritual cardiogram reveal? What holes and valves, chambers collapsed and walls wearing away? The pulse of impunity and heartbeat of moral corrosion continually arrests the life blood that we need to revive this nation.
Blessed be God who has indeed given us a nation. From the first stanza, note the purposed graduation where abiding is first a precious gift, that of place underlies the divine providence which is graciously given. Where liberty is subject to peace is subject to unity; an echo from scripture where joy follows peace which itself follows righteousness in that Kingdom belonging to God. So we pray;
‘Let all and One arise
With hearts both strong and true,
Service be our honest endeavour
And out homeland of Kenya heritage and splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.’
Desperately we need a singleness of heart and mind; that accord to see God before state before county before tribe before clan before homestead before dividing families and allegiances. For the basic unit starts with God in the home, before the gates of the city and the fabric of society can hold together a homeland with heritage and splendour. If not for those who come in our stead then in honour of God and the blood by all who so fought for that we must defend.
Until that life blood will strengthen every member unto one thing, service yet not without unity. Seeing the truth is our national identity is what we must fight for; towards righteousness, peace and joy. Being Kenyan cannot be for reason of copious consumption of alcohol, being quick to take the shortest option or insisting on the surname of a brother; there is nothing worth defending here. We have a choice of threading afresh our moral fibre, even taking to the Master Healer the heartstrings that are hamstrung. When we in our trouble turn to the Lord, the God of Israel, and seek him, he will be found (2 Chr 15:4).
‘Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tuwe tayari kuilinda’