7. The People Came from Everywhere

The people came from everywhere
to hear the Teacher's news.
The blind, the lame, the poor were there,
encouraged by his views.
But those who brought the children near
were quickly sent away:
“The Teacher's far too busy now.
Don't bother him today.

When Jesus saw the children turn,
their faces long and glum,
he told his friends, "When will you learn
that little ones must come?"
He chided them indignantly,
"God's love can't be denied!
Let all the children come to me
and sit here at my side."

"The holy realm of God belongs
to children such as these,
who trust that God will right all wrongs,
forgive, and bring us peace.
If you would also now receive
the love that never ends,
come as a trusting child, believe
in all that God intends."

As once you took your hands and blessed
the children on their way,
now bless us, Jesus, in our quest
to find your love, we pray.
We long to feel your warm embrace,
and hear your kindly word,
that in the presence of your grace
our faith might be assured.

Text Information
First Line: The people came from everywhere
Title: The People Came from Everywhere
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1995)
Meter: 86.86 D extended
Language: English
Publication Date: 1998
Topic: Jesus: and Children; Children: Faith model for adults
Source: "The People Came from Everywhere" (anthem)
Copyright: © 1997 Abingdon Press
Notes: Anthem seting with references to ST. FLAVIAN published by Abingdon #02660-1
Tune Information
Composer: John D. Horman (1995)
Meter: 86.86 D extended
Key: C Major
Copyright: ©1997 Abingdon Press

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