|Lord, heal our broken land – Sep 5|
By Vernon Khelawan
At this time of the year, as the nation savours the celebration of the anniversary of our Independence as well as our status of Republicanism (Sept 24) the music ministries in many of our churches choose, as part of the liturgy, the song Heal our Land.
The song, so deeply spiritual, stirs the emotion and is most appropriate to the society in which we now live because it comes over as a fervent appeal to the Lord to heal our land.
“Lord, heal our land. Father heal our land.
Hear our cry and turn our nation back to You
Lord heal our land, hear us O Lord and heal our land
Forgive our sins and heal our broken land.”
In the words of that chorus, a stronger plea for peace and healing in Trinidad and Tobago could hardly be made and one which strikes at the heart of the problems THAT now beset our country. It is a wonderful example of new evangelisation.
These words can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which powerfully states:
“If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will heal their land.”
This is in fact the first verse of the song.
The song is the epitome of new evangelisation because of its all-encompassing lyrics, which can impact not only the Catholic family, but the entire nation – in fact, it can be regarded as the perfect recipe for making new evangelisation a most rewarding endeavour in this, the Year of the Family.
And it would not be surprising if the Lord, as clearly spelt out in the first verse, answers from heaven saying:
“….If they seek my face and humble themselves
And turn from their wicked ways
I will hear from Heaven and forgive their sins
I will hear from Heaven and heal their land.”
A powerful message for Trinidad and Tobago and one steeped in evangelisation.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 14:39|