1 Broken buildings, flooded rivers foaming like a liquid hell; jagged rocks and raging waters, currents twisting break the swell into such a tortured maelstrom; people reach and lives are saved; human beings loved and treasured where the waters heaved and raved.
2 Devastation, ruined farmland, crops destroyed compound the threat, images assail our conscience, sights we never will forget; here where homes had offered comfort degradation meets our eyes, while the thunder of the waters drowns the sound of human cries.
3 God, we cry, as lives are wasted, hold us when all else is lost; where the floods have brought destruction hold us, help us share this cost. Lift us out of dereliction, help us reach to those in need, love them till all fear has foundered, till they know they’re safe and freed.
Great God we need your present grace, for honesty’s been shaken. We need integrity and truth, enliven and awaken a seam of trust, a sense of faith, while life is so uncertain, the future hidden from our sight, opaque behind a curtain.
God give a calm and steady hand, unshackled by ambition, to challenge hatred and distrust, yet not employ derision. Give us the time to act and learn, to unify this nation, a place where all might live as one in spite of rank or station.
Is it too much for us to build in gracious love and living, a place to care, not built on greed, but generous in giving, where children grow in peace with hope, as sister and as brother, that, hand in hand, within this world we’ll live with one another. Metre: 8787D iambic Tune: CONSTANCE (Sullivan)
Reflections for Ukraine based on some of my texts on Premier Christian Radio were broadcast (Freeview channel 725) on Sunday 13th March 2022 0800 hours (UK)A video prepared for SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE is available here with thanks to Pam Rhodes and Gareth Moore (to be broadcast Sunday 20th March 2022 at 1800 hours UK)
Also see hymn @ https://hymnsandbooksblog.uk/2022/03/01/we-hear-the-news-in-anguish-hymn-at-time-of-russian-invasion-of-ukraine/