14. When It Seemed that Love Was Dying

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.

Text Information
First Line: When it seemed that Love was dying,
Title: When It Seemed that Love Was Dying
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1997)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 87.87 D
Scripture: Matthew 27:55-61; Matthew 28:1-8; Luke 23:44-55; Luke 24:1-12; John 19:38-42; John 20:1-18
Topic: Jesus: Burial and Resurrection; Mary Magdalene: Burial and Resurrection of Jesus; Joseph of Arimathea: Burial of Jesus (2 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: © 1997 Abingdon Press
Tune Information
Composer: John D. Horman (1997)
Meter: 87.87 D
Key: F Major
Copyright: ©1997 Abingdon Press