When It Seemed that Love Was Dying

When it seemed that love was dying

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
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When it seemed that Love was dying,
hope and joy forever gone,
friends of Jesus, fearful, wondered
who would help them carry on.
Joseph came to claim the body,
Nicodemus too was there,
bravely showing their allegiance,
handling him with tender care.

In a borrowed tomb they laid him,
breathless, broken, and alone;
then, before they left the garden,
sealed the doorway with a stone.
Women, watching, stood by weeping,
lost in sorrow, deep in gloom,
never dreaming God would bring forth
life anew from barren womb.

Sunday, when the tomb was empty,
Mary cried in great dismay,
till she heard these words of greeting:
"Jesus Christ is risen today.
Fear not! Go and tell the others:
There's no need to weep or cry.
Earth is filled with alleluias!
Hope and love will never die!"

Mary and the others found their
friends who hid in fear and grief.
"Wipe your tears and gather courage!
Hear this news beyond belief:
We have seen him! Christ is living!
God has rolled away the stone!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise God! We are not alone!"

When it seemed that Love was dying,
Love showed it could rise again,
filling empty hearts with courage,
hope, and joy, a glad "Amen!"
Let us too be alleluias,
serving you, Lord, to the end.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Live in us now, Risen Friend.

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 it seemed that love was dying
Title: When It Seemed that Love Was Dying
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: © 1997 Abingdon Press


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