When We Lose A Child or Parent

When we lose a child or parent,

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1998)
Published in 1 hymnal

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When we lose a child or parent,
husband dear, a wife, a friend,
there are painful, empty places
in our hearts until life's end.

Though we learn to go on living,
no one takes a loved one's place.
Is this loneliness a curse, God,
or a blessed gift of grace?

Look into these empty places
at our hidden feelings, fears;
free us, God, from guilt and anger,
and release love's healing tears.

Lead us to recall with laughter
happy times with loved ones lost,
find the joy of loving others
worth the pain that it has cost.

Let the love we shared together
give us comfort, ease our pain,
that one day we may awaken
to your rainbow in the rain.

Thank you, God, for empty places
in our lives when loved ones die,
for they keep us still connected
as the days and years pass by.

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn

Mary Nelson Keithahn, a United Church of Christ minister and church education specialist, works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota as a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She has also written over eighty hymns, and her texts are included in hymnals or supplements published by the Advent Christian Church, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Faith Alive Christian Resources, Alternatives for Simple Living/Selah, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Canada and the United Methodist Church. Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. --mnk Go to person page >

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First Line: When we lose a child or parent,
Title: When We Lose A Child or Parent
Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn (1998)
Source: Time Now to Gather
Language: English
Notes: Alternate tune:SERVANT SONG


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