1 When Christ was lifted from the earth,
his arms stretched out above
through every culture, every birth,
to draw an answering love.
2 Still east and west his love extends
and always, near or far,
he calls and claims us as his friends
and loves us as we are.
3 Where generation, class, or race
divide us to our shame,
he sees and labels but a face,
a person, and a name.
4 Thus freely loved, though fully known,
may I in Christ be free
to welcome and accept his own
as Christ accepted me.
|First Line:||When Christ was lifted from the earth|
|Author:||Brian A. Wren, b. 1936|
|Copyright:||Copyright © 1980 by Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188 All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.|
|Composer:||Derek Williams, 1945-|
|Copyright:||© 1968, Derek Williams|