Our four oldest are part of a Kenyan homeschool co-op choir called Anthem. They’re pretty good. Last February, Athem performed at the Safaricom House in Nairobi as part of the city-wide “Cultural Stopovers” events. I’ve posted pictures and video for their part of the concert here.
Recently Fezi (their teacher / choir director) divided them into groups and had each group write a song together. Alitzah, Hannah Gail, and Eliana were in a group with three others. The lyrics of their song are profound due to a spelling mistake. Here are the lyrics.
Once in the sky all nations were loved
Hate was not known; all were beloved
Up in the sky flew some white doves
There was no evil anywhere
All creatures were kind including the heir
And God walked among us even when we were bare
They meant “all creatures were kind including the hare.” But while that works for the rhyme scheme, it’s a bit weak poetically – bunnies, whether rabbits or hares, are generally considered to be among the kinder of animals, even though in some folklore they can be quite the tricksters. So saying that before sin entered the world even bunnies were kind is not quite the striking statement as saying that “even the cobra” or “even the hyena” was kind.
But in context, who is the heir? Adam & Eve – and therefore by extension all humanity. Look around, and you will see an overabundance of evidence of unkindness and cruelty within human hearts and from human hands and words. But as written (though not as meant) these lyrics become theologically poignant: Once upon a time, there was no evil … and even humans were kind.
So an orthographical error changed slightly awkward lyrics into a profound poem. Awesome.