We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)

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We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer’s prayer

Source: Singing the Faith: 655
Words: John L. Bell, Graham Maule
Music: “Ye banks and braes” arr John L. Bell
Metre: 88.88.D. Double Long Metre
Verses: 3

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Categories: 88.88.D. Double Long Metre, Bell, John L. (auth), Bell, John L. (comp), Maule, Graham, Reconciliation and Healing, Ye Banks and Braes.

2 Responses to We cannot measure how you heal (StF 655)

  1. Andrew Fielding says:

    Hymn 655
    Verse 3 , line 3 should begin ” “your hands…” and not “as hands…” ??

    • Editor says:

      Thanks for your enquiry, Andrew – to which the reply is, I don’t think so. “Your hands” would certainly work if the lines 3&4 were a separate sentence – and therefore a statement of Jesus’ presence “in the touch of friends”. But Bell/Maule do appear to be making a continuous statement about the way people still come for help and to make amends in response to the presence of Jesus’ hands in the touch and actions of his followers.

      The text is published in the Wild Goose publication, When Grief is Raw (1997), where the same wording is used, though with a comma at the end of line two (“some have come to make amends, as hands. . .”). I hope that helps.

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