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God will keep us

By Mike Sherrill
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

In the Message translation of the Lord's Prayer, a single phrase is repeated: "keep us." It is highly reminiscent of the benediction in Numbers 6:24 – the Lord bless you and keep you. Keep, in this case, means to care for, to guard. This is God's promise of active love. God attends us, guards us – keeps us. 

In Jude 1:1, the promise to keep us is in the past tense. God hasn't stopped keeping us, but God's promise was fulfilled by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God loved us in the past, loves us in the present, and will continue to love us in the future. 

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"Baba Yetu," composed by Christopher Tin, performed by the Stellenbosch University Choir. This link gives the explanation of Baba Yetu as being The Lord's Prayer sung in Swahili.

Christopher Tin composed "Baba Yetu" in 2005 as the opening theme song for the popular video game Civilization Four. In 2009, Tin rerecorded the piece for his first solo classical crossover album called "Calling All Dawns." In 2011, "Baba Yetu" became the first piece of music composed for a video game to win a Grammy Award. And, on July 6, 2019, "Baba Yetu" was played at the signing of the Mozambique Peace Agreement. 

Currently, the student body at Stellenbosch University is 42 percent BIPOC. And while the whole language for 47 percent of the students is English, 38 percent is Africaans, and 10 percent other South African languages.





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