A poem for Holocaust Memorial Day, 27th January, and going forward. Today we still need to remember our human capacity for inhumanity, that the Holocaust took place in a democratic country with a democratically elected government, and still within living memory. Remember, many of the perpetrators saw themselves as ‘Christian’.
1 As we remember holocaust,
in horror disbelieving
the history of the human race,
we share each other's grieving;
God purge us of hypocrisy,
of all our self-deceiving.
2 Our language is inadequate,
unfit for the expression
of hatred that we visualise,
we hurry headlong into hell,
we witness love's regression.
3 The deepest, distant agony
that throbs through all creation,
the silent tears that quietly fall
in every generation,
are signs of our humanity,
our need for re-creation.
4 God give us strength to make a pledge
to move beyond contention,
to see, in each, humanity.
Through greater good intention,
God, move us toward a purer love,
a gracious intervention.
Andrew E Pratt (born 1948)
Words © 2003 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England email@example.com . Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.
1 Deep contradictions, not cosy solutions,
come when our faith and experience collide.
Pain and its purpose, the holocaust's image,
loving and hurting, are found side by side.
2 Here in the tension of unresolved conflict,
logic and passion will vie for each heart;
here in life's crucible, melting and moulding,
God has a purpose and we play a part.
3 Here, where the spirit is forging, transforming
lives that are open to challenge and change;
God in each paradox fathoms potential,
source of the pattern we measure and range.
Andrew Pratt (born 1948)
Words © 2008 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd
Metre:11 10 11 10
Tune: EPIPHANY HYMN