Doxology:            Praise God, from whom all blessings flow

Lord's Prayer

Scripture:             Revelation 22:20

Chapel Talk:         Someone's crying, Lord

Hymn:                  Kum ba yah


"Come, Lord Jesus!"

                                                                                                  Revelation 22:20


"Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah!"

This popular folksong is sung at summer camps all over America. It's very easy to sing and the words are easy to remember. But this song is much more than a feel good song. "Kum ba yah" is really an African-American spiritual that was sung by slaves. The melody is from Africa and the words, "Kum ba yah" means "Come by here." It's asking for our Lord to come to us in our time of trouble and pain.

Slavery is one of the worst chapters in world and American history. It is estimated that about 12 million Africans were taken to the Americas over 300 years. Of those, about 600,000 slaves were brought to the United States. These slaves endured unspeakable hardships so others could prosper from their labor in the New World.

For people in pain, "Kum ba yah" is a song of comfort.

The first verse is "Someone's crying Lord."

Several years ago a Japanese woman in her late-20s brought a lawsuit against some of her junior high school classmates. According to her these students bullied her and caused her to suffer terribly at school. She quietly endured her pain for over 15 years before finally confronting her former classmates. She brought the lawsuit because she wanted them to know how much suffering they caused her and for them to reflect about it. But what I found amazing is that her classmates said they hardly remembered her and that they have no recollection of bullying her. And even if they did, they were only playing.

For them it was playing, for her it was torture and it ruined her adolescence. 

"Someone's crying Lord." Maybe you'll say that you don't know anyone who is crying, but I think if you really open your eyes, if you really open your heart, you will see "someone crying." In every homeroom there are students who are in pain, who are lonely, who are sad, or who are having family problems. On the outside they are smiling and laughing, but on the inside they are desperately seeking comfort and friendship.

Maybe, that someone is you.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox once wrote, "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone." 

Not always. 

I think you have heard about the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is a sporting event for those with intellectual disabilities. A few years ago, as the story goes, nine runners with Down’s syndrome stood at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. They had trained for months for this big race. Their family and friends were there cheering them on. When the starting gun went off, these runners shuffled down the track towards the finish line. Then one little boy tripped and fell down. When some of the other runners saw this, they stopped. The crowds shouted to them to continue running, but instead they turned around and went to help the boy on the ground. They bent over and helped him get to his feet. Then they locked arms and finished the race together! The people in the stadium, watching this amazing thing, stood and cheered.

What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our plans.

"Kum ba yah." "Come by here." "Someone's crying." Let us open our hearts and listen to those who are crying. That’s the spirit of Meiji Gakuin.



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