72b. A Voice Was Heard in Ramah

1 A voice was heard in Ramah
that could not be consoled,
As Rachel wept for children
she could no longer hold.
For Herod ruled the nation,
yet feared the Infant King.
How great the devastation
that fear and anger bring!

2 O God, we hear the crying
for little ones of yours;
For many still are dying
in conflicts and in wars—
In every troubled nation,
on every violent street,
How great the lamentation
when fear and anger meet!

3 Whenever one is weeping,
the whole world suffers, too.
Yet, Jesus, as we serve them,
we’re also serving you.
So may we not ignore them,
nor turn our eyes away,
But help us labor for them
to bring a better day.

4 O Prince of Peace, you lead us
in ways of truth and grace.
May we be brave to practice
your peace in every place—
To love each fear-filled nation,
to serve each troubled street.
How great the celebration
when peace and justice meet!

Text Information
First Line: A voice was heard in Ramah
Title: A Voice Was Heard in Ramah
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2004)
Publication Date: 2004
Meter: D
Scripture: Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 2:13-23; Matthew 25:31-46; Psalm 85:10; Romans 12:15
Topic: Children and Youth; Lament
Language: English
Copyright: © 2004 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Composer: Hans Leo Hassler (1601, alt.)
Harmonizer: Johnn Sebastian Bach (1729)
Meter: D
Key: a minor

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