Since being in Rwanda, I have enjoyed daily devotions and hymnal singing with my Azizi Life co-workers. And can I just say that it has taken a lot of effort on my part to not request any Christmas carols?...I have to hold out until December. This does not, however, keep me from looking up Christmas songs and trying to sing them to myself in Ikunyarwanda. I thought I would share one with you...
Away in a Manger
Mw ivuka ryawe, Yesu, bakuryamishije
Mu kiraro kigawa, mu muvure w'inka.
Wasasiwe, Mukiza, ahadakwiriye.
Nubg' ur' Uwaturemye, ni ko wagiriwe!
Nimuze yemwe bana, tumuhimbarize
Ko yaryaminishijw' atya, mu muvure w'inka.
Dushim' Umwami Yesu, tumukundir' ibyo,
Ko yabay' umukene kubg' abanyabyaha.
Umfashe, Mwami Yesu, kuguhora hafi,
Ngo ngukunde, tuban' iminsi yanjye yose,
Kandi n'abandi bana, na b' ubiyereke,
Bagukunde, dushiman' urukundo rwawe.
And half of the letters don't make the sound that you think they would.
So, here's to Christmas music and the season of love + community that it celebrates!