Kum Ba Yah

April 10, 2019


One of my most memorable experiences growing up will always be my times spent at Camp Penn above Waynesboro, PA.  Every summer and at Youth Fellowship retreats, I met so many friends from other EUB churches.  We learned Bible verses, made crafts, hiked through the mountains and had worship at the little chapel in the woods.  We also had campfires. 


Most of all we experienced the closeness of God’s love and grace in the quietness and sometimes the noises we heard from the great outdoors.  It really made me stop and think about his great creations; they are truly a part of our world.  It is here for all of us to enjoy and care for.  In the evenings, we had closing devotions and part of that was singing our camp songs:  “Do Lord,” “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder,” “Deep and Wide” and the very inspirational song, “Kum Ba Yah.”   


Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah.
O Lord, Kum ba yah

Kum Ba Yah is believed to be from Gullah, a creole language, and translated means “Come By Here.”  Singing this song around the campfire you really felt God was right there with us.



Dear God, let us always remember to be still and listen to what your words are for us to hear so that we may always feel your presence.  In your name, we pray.  Amen.

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