“Bloody Sunday”: A Prayer

I haven’t been truly  moved by a song in a long time. But, as I was cruising through Soundcloud listening to U2, I thought, “Let’s listen to Bloody Sunday.”

Guys. I know that this song was written for the Bogside Massacre in 1972, but it is timeless in asking, “How long, how long must we sing this song?” And I think the rest of the lyrics fit exactly what is and has been happening in Northern Nigeria (or any corrupt and violence-ridden country in general). You can find the specific version I listened to here. The lyrics are powerful in and of themselves:

“I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes
And make it go away
How long?
How long must we sing this song?
How long, how long?
…Broken bottles under children’s feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end street
But I won’t heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall
…Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Sunday, Bloody Sunday (alright)
And the battle’s just begun
There’s many lost, but tell me who has won?
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart–
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
How long?
…And it’s true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die
How long must we sing this song?
How long, how long?
‘Cause tonight, we can be as one
Tonight, tonight
…Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
I’ll, wipe your tears away (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
I’ll, wipe your blood shot eyes (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
the real battle just begun
(Sunday, Bloody Sunday) to claim the victory Jesus won
Sunday Bloody Sunday, yeah
Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
What is even more meaningful, I found a version of the song done live, where Bono shouts the names of 29 people killed in the conflict. He also shouts, “Put your hands in the sky, put your hands in the air! If you’re the praying kind, turn this song into a prayer!” (At which point the waterworks came on for me.)
Yes, this song is hard to handle… but there is hope in it. As it talks about wiping away the tears of those crying, so Jesus promises His Followers that He will surely wipe away every tear caused by the evilness and fallen state of this world.

May such songs be reminders of how this world NEEDS Jesus, and wake us up to the reality around us… no matter how ugly. It is only then that we can fully love those who need it most. ❤

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This world is full of pain, right now. But because of what Jesus did, we can know redemption, healing, and most importantly, everlasting life. Learn more about Jesus and what He has done, here.

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