A Voice Was Heard in Ramah

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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!

Source: Songs of Grace: new hymns for God and neighbor #72b

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: A voice was heard in Ramah
Title: A Voice Was Heard in Ramah
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2004)
Meter: D
Language: English
Publication Date: 2004
Copyright: © 2004 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved




The tune HERZLICH TUT MICH VERLANGEN has been associated with Gerhardt's text ["O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"] since they were first published together in 1656. The tune's first association with a sacred text was its attachment in 1913 [sic: should read 1613] to Christoph Knoll's funeral text "Herzl…

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