God's on our side, and God will grieve

Authors & translators:
Pratt, Andrew

praying-hands-gettyimages-6879159521 God's on our side, and God will grieve
at carnage, loss and death;
for Jesus wept, and we will weep
with every grieving breath. 

2 God's on their side, the enemy,
the ones we would despise;
God quench our vengeance, still our pride,
don't let our anger rise.

3 God's on each side, God loves us all,
and through our hurt and pain
God shares the anguish, nail scarred hands
reach out love must remain.

4 God show us how to reconcile
each difference and fear,
that we might learn to love again
and dry the other's tear.

Words: Andrew E Pratt (born 1948) © 2001 Stainer and Bell Ltd., please include any use on your CCL Licence return or contact Stainer & Bell via www.stainer.co.uk. Administered in the USA by Hope Publishing.

Metre: 86.86. (Common Metre)

Suggested tunes: Amazing Grace (StF 440); Dunfermline (StF 9); Richmond (StF 155ii); St Columba (Erin) (StF 155i)

Written in 2001 within 24 hours of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre and other locations in the United States. To read Andrew's comments about writing the hymn, go to his hymnsandbooks blog.

Previous Page Christmas Blessing (May you have the joy of the angels) (website only)
Next Page Do All the Good You Can (The world is my parish) (website only)