When innocence is fractured (website only)

When innocence is fractured
by nature’s shifting force,
and paradise is ruptured
as life is swept off course.
We come to pray our questions,
we come to share our grief;
in this, our act of worship,
to say that we believe.

As headlines overwhelm us
and make us close our minds;
as news from distant islands
brings death before our eyes.
We seek a hope to cling to,
a refuge to embrace;
lest in the grip of knowing
we lose our hold on grace.

How dare we speak of heaven
made human for our sakes,
or preach a loving Father
when seas and mountains quake?
We dare because our story
speaks of a love that came
to bear the cost of dying
and still would do the same.

In Christ our souls take refuge,
though not to hide from truth:
we face each anguished question
with faith, if not with proof.
We hear his wistful question:
“And will you leave me too?”
Though all the world should crumble,
We hope, O Christ, in you.

Words: © Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org

Metre: 76.76. D

Suggested tunes: Aurelia (StF 690); Wolvercote (StF 563 i ); Morning Light (StF 315)

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Written in response to the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.

See also: Andrew Pratt’s Tectonic plates beneath the ocean’s surface (website only) and read Andrew’s comments on this and other texts in Singing the moment (Part 1): Why topical hymns are needed

Categories: 76.76.D., Aurelia, Christ the Saviour, Conflict, Suffering and Doubt, Hill, Gareth, Hymns only online (submit to stfplus@methodistchurch.org.uk), Intercession and Petition, Morning Light, Wolvercote.

One Response to When innocence is fractured (website only)

  1. Bill Berry says:

    Brilliant. See Habakkuk 3: 17, 18; 2 Corinthians 4: 8,9. This hymn expresses the same sentiment. “Will you leave me too?” is from John 6:67. The idea of facing disaster, and turning towards God, not away from Him, is also expressed in numerous Psalms.

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