God is crying mid the carnage
of a thousand broken bones;
in the dust and fallen rubble
of our long discarded homes.
Where our children play out stories
of the visions they have seen,
God is weeping over losses,
knowing just what might have been.
What if love instead of horror
filled the passion of our lives,
could these stories be re-written
where humanity survives?
God still with us, God among us,
sow new seeds of love through grace;
help us look at one another
building hope in every place.
Andrew Pratt (8/1/2023)
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Written after listening to the BBC Radio 4 Sunday Service on 8/1/2023 ‘The message that Ukraine is trying to convey to the world as it celebrates its own Christmas Day’.
The programme posed the question, 'Where is God' in this war?
See also We hear the news in anguish
- Thoughts on pacifism
- God's on our side