2169. God, How Can We Forgive

1 God, how can we forgive
when bonds of love are torn?
How can we rise and start anew,
our trust reborn?
When human loving fails
and every hope is gone,
your love gives strength beyond our own
to face the dawn.

2 When we have missed the mark,
and tears of anguish flow,
how can you still release our guilt,
the debt we owe?
The ocean depth of grace
surpasses all our needs.
A priest who shares our human pain,
Christ intercedes.

3 Who dares to throw the stone
to damn another's sin,
when you, while knowing all our past,
forgive again?
No more we play the judge,
for by your grace we live.
As you, O God, forgive our sin,
may we forgive.

Text Information
First Line: God, how can we forgive
Title: God, How Can We Forgive
Author: Ruth Duck
Publication Date: 2001
Meter: 66.84 D
Scripture: Matthew 6:12-15; Matthew 18:21-35; John 8:2-11
Topic: Grace: Social Holiness
Language: English
Copyright: © 1996 The Pilgrim Press
Tune Information
Meter: 66.84 D
Key: f minor
Source: Harm from Hymns Ancient and Modern, alt.
Copyright: Public Domain

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