Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bahamian Blogging #10: the Gift of Song

When Ryan and I spoke at College of the Bahamas, we had a wonderful time. The class was filled with sweet, fun-loving students who welcomed us like family, and we fell in love with them all. After we spoke, we asked the students to take turns sharing their music. Someone sang the most beautiful song called "When the Road Seems Rough" and I was so moved that I asked them to sing it again and let me video it. "Sing from your soul and make me cry," I said, and that's exactly what they did. 

This song is written by a Bahamian composer, Clement Bethel. According to my cousin Dr. Christy Lee, "He and his family have a wonderful legacy.  His wife was the first president of the College of the Bahamas.  He studied in the UK and was the first Bahamian to get a PhD in music. His son and daughter are both currently on the faculty at the college."

The song speaks to the importance of persevering through trials and the understanding that all the seemingly insurmountable trouble of today will eventually pass. There is no need for despair.  It is a song filled with hope and endurance. Although God isn't mentioned, it reminds me of this passage from Isaiah. 

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:29, 31 KJV)

When The Road Seems Rough
    By Dr. Clement Bethel

When the road seems rough
When you've borne enough
Don't faint. Don't sigh. 
Don't cry, wonder why. 
Just keep on trying. 
Cease your sighing. 
Look beyond the present way. 
This time will pass. 
Tomorrow's another day. 

I've posted the video to YouTube and here's the link.