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70. God, How Can We Comprehend?

God, how can we comprehend—
Though we've seen them times before—
Lines of people without end
Fleeing danger, want, and war?
They seek safety anywhere,
Hoping for a welcome hand!
Can we know the pain they bear?
Help us, Lord, to understand!

You put music in their souls;
Now they struggle to survive.
You gave each one gifts and goals;
Now they flee to stay alive.
God of outcasts, may we see
How you value everyone,
For each homeless refugee
Is your daughter or your son.

Lord, your loving knows no bounds;
You have conquered death for all.
May we hear beyond our towns
To our distant neighbors' call.
Spirit, may our love increase;
May we reach to all your earth,
Till your whole world lives in peace;
Till we see each person's worth.

Text Information
First Line: God, how can we comprehend--
Title: God, How Can We Comprehend?
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (1999)
Publication Date: 1999
Meter: D
Scripture: Colossians 1:20; John 3:16; John 14:26-27; Luke 15:1-2; Matthew 25:31-46
Topic: Justice; Mission; Refugees
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 1999 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Composer: Joseph Parry (1879)
Meter: D
Key: d minor

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