The quaking earth is calm
while dust hangs in the air;
and nothing good can come of this
yet still our God is there.

The cross is empty now,
but here God hung and died,
he felt forsaken, broken, lost,
that love had been denied.

The human pain he felt
means God can know our loss;
while grief and agony remain,
love shines beyond the cross.

And in our present loss,
this tragedy and pain,
God lives, God loves but suffers still;
and loving, will remain.

Words: Andrew Pratt (born 1948) © 8 April 2009 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, www.stainer.co.uk.
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Metre: 66.86. (Short Metre)

Suggested tune: Redemptor (StF 466i; H&P 675)