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.
Joseph Parry (b. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1841; d. Penarth, Glamorganshire, 1903) was born into a poor but musical family. Although he showed musical gifts at an early age, he was sent to work in the puddling furnaces of a steel mill at the age of nine. His family immigrated to a Welsh…
Display Title: God, How Can We Comprehend?First Line: God, how can we comprehend--Tune Title: ABERYSTWYTHAuthor: Carolyn Winfrey GilletteMeter: 188.8.131.52 DScripture: Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 15:1-2; John 3:16; John 14:26-27; Colossians 1:20Date: 2009Subject: Justice | ; Mission | ; Refugees |