I wanted to share a song with you all that came out of the Choctaw songwriting workshop I just returned from. Many great songs and ideas came out of the workshop which was aimed at producing new Choctaw songs for children based on Bible verses. I received permission from one of the composers, Di, to share this song with you. I am always amazed to hear God’s word not only in another spoken language, but also in another musical language.
This song is based on Matthew 5:44:
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Here are the lyrics in Choctaw (2nd verse only):
Kanah ósh chi ha sa nálih ok ma,
Chiho wat áchih ishI hollash kih.
an^ no pa il^ bash sha ya- ish im
A- silh hash kih Chiho wat- á chih,
yo ba hi ya ha yo be- hi yah
yo-o ba hi ya yo- be hi yah
yo^ ba hi ya^ ha yo- be- hi yah
yo- o ba hi ya yo- be hi yah