I offer it as a hymn and prayer for all of those wounded by storms -- external and internal.
The words are sung to the tune of "The Church's One Foundation."
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 neighbors 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 storms our faith does shake?
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.
Gareth Hill © GraceNotes Music Copyright © 2005 GraceNotes Music. Published by The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship, PO Box 340003, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Telephone 615-340-7070. Website http://www.umcworship.org.