The Red Sea: “Daughters and Sons” by KMOV

 

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Bio

KMOV (www.kmov.org) is a multimedia engine for artworks and collaboration in an international ministry context.  This song is by artists Stone and Anjun, who live and serve and work both in the United States and China.  They collaborate on much of their music via email.

Summary

This song is called Daughters and Sons, and speaks in a voice of lament and encouragement to the women and children of China who have suffered the violence of the One Child Policy over the last thirty plus years.  The melody was originally written by an unknown author for the haunting song “爱的呼唤/Love’s Calling” (not to be confused with the pop song from Hong Kong) whose lyrics talk about finding hope in a world of brokenness in the love of Jesus Christ (rough translation from Chinese):

Life is like a deep sleep


Life is like a broken kite

Tossed by the wind, and vanishing like smoke


It’s hard to see the truth when you are crying, alone and lost


Jesus wants to forgive your sins

Jesus wants to fill your emptiness….  

In this song, we hope to contrast the holocaust of the last thirty years with the prophetic voice of Isaiah (see chapters 48, 52, 54, 55, and 60).  The horror of a forced abortion, or a fetus in a trash can is a chaotic reality, a shadow that is prolonged by a policy that teaches 1/6th of the world’s population that human life is expendable, that children are a needless burden, that girls have little value.  Yet even those responsible for propagating this policy acknowledge the brutal result of these lies.  One retired officer in China’s Family Planning Committee, whose job it was to establish and strengthen the Birth Control centers nationwide was reported to have said, “wherever we went, blood flowed like a river.”  But the systematic killing of little sisters and brothers still continues.

This song expresses our hope in a time of renewal, justice, and forgiveness.  Can the dead live?  O for such a resurrection that the aborted would be able to find their mothers, and bring healing to them, where the women who have suffered so much violence might at last be mothers of peace.  O that righteousness would be as continual as waves of the sea, and peace, not blood, like a river! 

Grant money would be used towards purchasing recording equipment, further recording and distribution of music.

 

The lyrics of Daughters and Sons:

 

Darling, my afflicted one

Storm tossed, not comforted

All your children shall be taught by the Lord

And great shall be their peace.

Awake! Shake yourself from your dusty grave

Clothe yourself with strength and rise again

O Captive daughter of Zion

 

Your righteousness is like the waves of the sea

And your peace like a river

Arise! Shine your light has come.

Here they are, all your daughters and your sons.

 

From the east I heard a cry:

My rage is an ocean in flood above the sky

Where are all your children?

Now all I see is a river of blood that flows to me.

 

Your righteousness is like the sea

And your peace like a river

Arise! Shine your light has come

Here we are, all your daughters and your sons.




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