6. When Cain Killed Abel

When Cain killed Abel in a fight
and Jacob stole another's right,
when Joseph's brothers gave him chase,
God wept, and mourned their fall from grace.

In every family, small or great,
when jealousy twists love to hate
and rivals turn to enemies,
God weeps at our hostilities.

And when in church and world today
such feelings still come into play,
when brothers, sisters stand apart,
God weeps for every broken heart.

Good Christians, join in God's lament,
weep now and mourn, be penitent,
and pray to God: Forgive us all.
Restore us as before our fall.

Text Information
First Line: When Cain killed Abel in a fight
Title: When Cain Killed Abel
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Meter: 88.88
Scripture: Genesis 4:8-10; Genesis 27; Genesis 37
Topic: Conflict; Repentance
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English
Notes: Hymn appears with different tune in The Faith We Sing (Abingdon, 2000) and Sing the Faith (Geneva Press, 2003).
Copyright: © 1998 Abingdon Press
Tune Information
Name: ABSOLUTION
Composer: John D. Horman (1997)
Meter: 88.88
Key: C Major
Source: Time Now to Gather
Copyright: © 1998 Abingdon Press