Beauty for brokenness,
hope for despair
Source: Singing the Faith: 693
Words: Graham Kendrick
Music: “God of the poor” by Graham Kendrick
Anyone who thinks Graham Kendrick only writes simple choruses about our personal relationship with Jesus would do well to read this song and think again. Set to an emotionally powerful melody, this is a song with equally powerful words and images.
A vision of the world as God desires it to be is broken down into self-sufficient statements, from the memorable opening phrase through the opening lines of each successive verse: “Shelter for fragile lives… Refuge from cruel wars… Rest for the ravaged earth…” Succinctly, Kendrick prays for “peace to the killing-fields, scorched earth to green” and asks that the “God of the poor, friend of the weak” will “give us compassion” and “melt our cold hearts”.