God, How Can We Comprehend?

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God, how can we comprehend—
Though we've seen them times before—
Lines of people without end
Fleeing danger, want, and war?
They seek safety anywhere,
Hoping for a welcome hand!
Can we know the pain they bear?
Help us, Lord, to understand!

You put music in their souls;
Now they struggle to survive.
You gave each one gifts and goals;
Now they flee to stay alive.
God of outcasts, may we see
How you value everyone,
For each homeless refugee
Is your daughter or your son.

Lord, your loving knows no bounds;
You have conquered death for all.
May we hear beyond our towns
To our distant neighbors' call.
Spirit, may our love increase;
May we reach to all your earth,
Till your whole world lives in peace;
Till we see each person's worth.

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #70

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette is a hymn writer and Presbyterian pastor. Carolyn and her husband Bruce have been the co-pastors of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware since August 2004. Carolyn's hymns have been sung by congregations in every state of the USA and in several other countries; they have been on national PBS-TV three times and the BBC-TV in the United Kingdom. Noel Paul Stookey of "Peter, Paul and Mary" made a music video with Emmy winner Pete Staman of Carolyn's hymn, "O God, Our Words Cannot Express," which was written on September 11. Her hymns are found on the national websites of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, UMCOR, the Presbyterian Church (USA), American Baptist Church… Go to person page >

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First Line: God, how can we comprehend --
Title: God, How Can We Comprehend?
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Meter: 7.7.7.7 D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Copyright: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved

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ABERYSTWYTH (Parry)

Joseph Parry (b. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1841; d. Penarth, Glamorganshire, 1903) was born into a poor but musical family. Although he showed musical gifts at an early age, he was sent to work in the puddling furnaces of a steel mill at the age of nine. His family immigrated to a Welsh…

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