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