When Cain Killed Abel

When Cain killed Abel in a fight

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Published in 3 hymnals

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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.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: When Cain killed Abel in a fight
Title: When Cain Killed Abel
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English



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